Partners in Recovery: coordinated support and flexible funding for people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs (PIR)

PIR aims to support people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs and their carers and families, by getting multiple sectors, services and supports they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.

Page last updated: 25 February 2016

The Partner in Recovery initiative is transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The programme has been extended for three years to support the transition of programme funding to the NDIS. The extension will ensure service continuity for programme clients until the NDIS rollout is completed in each jurisdiction.

Timeframe for NDIS transition

National rollout of the NDIS commences from 1 July 2016, with full rollout to be achieved by 30 June 2019. Information on the rollout of the NDIS is available at the NDIS website.

Details of the transition schedule and timetable for full scheme rollout of the NDIS are outlined in the bilateral agreements signed between the Commonwealth and the New South Wales, Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian state governments. The Commonwealth is continuing negotiations with Queensland and the Northern Territory to finalise NDIS transition arrangements, and the comparative evaluation of the My Way and NDIS trials in Western Australia will inform a future agreement in that state. In the Australian Capital Territory, from 1 July 2016, all residents who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for access to the scheme.

Key points to note regarding the extension of funding arrangements:

  • PIR funded organisations will continue to be block funded by the department through the transition. Programme contributions to the NDIS will be 'in-kind' during this time.
  • Each PIR funded organisation will support the transition of eligible programme clients to the NDIS in line with the transition schedule for their jurisdiction.
  • PIR Organisations will continue cross-sector collaboration to improve the service system for people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex, multi-agency needs.
  • System reform and capacity building activities will take into account the Australian Government response to the national review of mental health programmes and services and NDIS rollout.
  • Existing PIR boundaries will be maintained during NDIS transition.

All Governments have made a commitment that no programme clients will be disadvantaged in the transition to the NDIS. Continuity of Support arrangements are being finalised and further information will be provided to providers and clients.

The Department will work closely with organisations to support ongoing service delivery and the transition of programme clients to the new arrangements.

Further information about programme arrangements during the transition period will be available shortly.

About PIR

Information about PIR - its aims and objectives and the people it will benefit.

PIR organisations

PIR organisations will work at a systems level and be the mechanism to drive collaboration between relevant sectors, services and supports within the region to ensure that all relevant needs of people in the target group are identified and met.

Capacity building project

The PIR capacity building project supports the implementation of PIR through national networking and information sharing, and provides sustained support to, and builds the capacity of, PIR organisations and support facilitators.

Resource development project

The resource development project involves the collation of existing, and development of new, resources/ tools to assist with the implementation of PIR.

Evaluation and monitoring project

The evaluation and monitoring project will determine the extent to which PIR has improved the coordination and integration of services and whether this has had an impact on the outcomes for people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs.


Contact details for PIR organisations are available on the PIR Capacity Building webportal. Queries to the Department of Health in relation to PIR can be directed by email to Partners in Recovery.

Page last reviewed: 7 August 2014

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