Mental Health Australia recognises and welcomes Federal investment in mental health and suicide prevention.
This analysis is provided to Mental Health Australia members to assist in clarifying the meaning of mental health related investments made through the Australian Government’s 2022-23 Budget.
Despite the missed opportunities, Mental Health Australia welcomes the 2022 Budget
The Australian Government has provided a welcome $2.3 billion down payment on its response to the recommendations made by the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry in Mental Health and the Advice to the National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Final Report.
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.
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.
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.
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.