Federal Budget Summaries
Mental Health Australia recognises and welcomes Federal investment in mental health and suicide prevention.
As has been widely reported, tonight’s 2020 Federal Budget is extremely important, occurring at a time of international and national financial instability, driven by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Mental Health Australia welcomes initiatives announced in the 2019 Federal Budget, handed down on 2 April 2018. This Budget will see $736.6 million for mental health and suicide prevention in two key areas across 25 specific initiatives over the next seven years.
Mental Health Australia welcomed measures announced in the 2018-19 Budget, handed down on 8 May 2018. This Budget will see new investments of $338 million for the mental health sector concentrated in the areas of suicide prevention, older Australians and mental health research.
The 2017-18 Federal Budget has been welcomed by Mental Health Australia, as it starts to address one of mental health’s most critical issues – gaps in psychosocial support services.
Tonight’s Budget includes a number of welcome new initiatives for mental health, but leaves ongoing uncertainty about how current reforms will be coordinated and integrated.
The Australian Government (the Government) has announced that it will work in collaboration with the states and territories to develop a new national mental health plan.