The National Psychosocial Support Measure

Page last updated: 03 October 2019

In the 2017-18 Budget the Australian Government committed $80 million over four years for the National Psychosocial Support (NPS-M) measure. The purpose of the NPS-M is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people with severe mental illness resulting in reduced psychosocial functional capacity who are not supported through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Commonwealth component of the NPS-M was rolled out from 1 January 2019 through purpose specific funding to Primary Health Networks (PHN) to commission services. The PHN commissioned services are implemented in a flexible way to complement the State and Territory funded psychosocial support.

The overarching objectives of the NPS-M is to:

  • Support people with severe mental illness and associated psychosocial functional impairment, who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS.
  • Improve access to psychosocial support services, mental health outcomes and equity in service availability for the target cohort.
  • Reduce the avoidable need for more intense and acute health services and enhance appropriate/optimal use of the health system.
In addition, on 21 March 2019, the Australian Government announced purpose specific funding for the National Psychosocial Support Transition (NPS-T) of $121.29 million over 12 months to support the transition of Commonwealth community mental health clients to the NDIS or Continuity of Support. NPS-T will provide funding for clients who previously accessed supports under the Partners in Recovery (PIR), Support for Day to Day Living (D2DL) and Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) programs to test eligibility for the NDIS. The NPS-T was rolled out from 1 July 2019.

The Commonwealth has committed the following funding to be distributed to the 31 PHNs under the NPS-M:
2017-18 ($m)
2018-19 ($m)
2019-20 ($m)
2020-21 ($m)
4 Year total ($m)
New South Wales
2.48
7.59
7.71
7.83
25.61
South Australia
0.54
1.67
1.69
1.72
5.62
Western Australia
0.81
2.50
2.54
2.57
8.42
Tasmania
0.16
0.50
0.51
0.52
1.69
Australian Capital Territory
0.13
0.40
0.40
0.41
1.34
Northern Territory
0.08
0.24
0.24
0.24
0.80
Queensland
1.55
4.75
4.83
4.90
16.03
Victoria
1.99
6.09
6.19
6.28
20.55
TOTAL
7.74
23.74
24.11
24.47
80.06
* Note that the funding figures are rounded.

Follow the links for further information on the National Psychosocial Support measure in each state and territory


New South Wales – no link available at this time
South Australia – no link available at this time
Western Australia – Government of Western Australia Mental Health Commission
Tasmania – Shaping new psychosocial support services
Australian Capital Territory – Capital Health Network
Northern Territory – Housing Accommodation Support Initiative
Queensland - Queensland mental health services
Victoria - no link available at this time

Header Agreement for the National Psychosocial Support measure

Header Agreement for the National Psychosocial Support measure (PDF 68 KB)
Header Agreement for the National Psychosocial Support measure (Word 27 KB)