The National Psychosocial Support Measure

Page last updated: 15 April 2020

In the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government committed $80 million over four years for the National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS-M). The States and Territories have matched funding for this measure and the Commonwealth has bilateral agreements in place with each jurisdiction to support coordinated delivery of these services.

The NPS-M is designed to:

  • Support people with severe mental illness and associated psychosocial functional impairment who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS; and
  • Reduce the avoidable need for high intensity, acute health services and promote the effective use of the health system.
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 supports and address the specific needs of local communities.

Funding committed to PHNs for NPS-M by state is:
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)