NSW Budget 2018-19

The NSW Government will invest $2.1 billion in mental health funding in the 2018-19 Budget.

Key initiatives in the recurrent mental health Budget include:

  •  ​$100 million per annum over four years to strengthen early intervention and specialist community mental health teams, enhance psychosocial supports, and transition long-stay patients into the community
  • $39.4 million to deliver an additional 1400 mental health admissions in addition to the 37,500 currently provided
  • $42 million for additional community-based mental health services and supports.

This investment also includes $20 million to improve therapeutic environments inside mental health units and commence planning for a number of key projects as part of the $700 million Mental Health Infrastructure Program, including:

  • new specialist mental health units including 6-10 beds for children and adolescents, 20 beds for older persons, 20 medium secure beds, and 6-12 beds for mothers and their babies
  • up to 260 new ‘step-up step-down’ community-based beds to support the transition of long stay mental health patients from hospital and the recovery of consumers in the community
  • additional beds for the forensic mental health network
  • physical upgrades or refurbishments of a number of existing acute mental health units, including facilities in Tamworth and Albury.

​As part of a decade-long whole-of-government enhancement of mental health care, the NSW Government is continuing to put people, not process, at the centre of the mental health care system.​

NSW Budget 2016-17

The NSW Government will invest a record $1.8 billion for mental health services in 2016-17. This increases the NSW Government's investment in mental health services by $106 million from last year's Budget. This includes a specific focus on suicide prevention, young people and community mental health services

Read more information: Mental Health NSW Budget 2016-17 fact sheet. ​​​

Page Updated: Thursday 12 September 2019
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch