The Morrison Government will deliver the largest Commonwealth investment in mental health and suicide prevention in Australia’s history, investing $2.3 billion to deliver structural reform and real change for Australians to ensure they have the support they need.

This includes $1.4 billion in high quality and person-centred treatment, and specifically the development of a national network including up to 57 additional mental health treatment centres and satellites for adults, youth and children, through Head to Health and Headspace programs. This landmark reform will address service gaps and provide accessible, stigma-free care throughout Australia, including in regional and rural areas.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Morrison Government’s total annual investment in mental health has grown from $5.9 billion in 2020–21 to $6.3 billion in 2021–22.

“Australians endured so much in 2020 – from the Black Summer bushfires, from which many families and communities are continuing to rebuild to the COVID-19 pandemic that changed the way we live our lives.” Mr Pasin said.

The mental health toll on Australians both collectively and individually, has been a heavy one.

“Our Government is focused on ensuring Australians are able to access affordable supports where and when they need them. We want a system that proactively reaches out to support people early in life and early in their experience of distress.” Mr Pasin said.

The $2.3 billion Plan builds on the Morrison Government’s significant existing investment in mental health services for Australians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key investments include:


At the heart of the Federal Government’s reform is an $820.1 million investment to create a national network of multidisciplinary mental health treatment centres based on three models:

  1. Head to Health adult mental health treatment centres. The Federal Government will improve access to community-based mental health services, including through the initial establishment of eight new centres, 24 new satellite centres, and ongoing funding for eight existing centres.

“We will also establish a dedicated phone service to support intake, assessment, and referral, at a cost of $487.2 million.” Mr Pasin said.

“As part of this initiative, the Government will also work in partnership with state and territory governments to continue to expand the network of community-based adult mental health services.” Mr Pasin said.

  1. Headspace youth treatment centres. The Federal Government will continue to safeguard the wellbeing of young Australians aged 12–25 by strengthening, enhancing, and expanding the headspace network, at a cost of $278.6 million. This includes:
    1. expanding the national headspace network by establishing ten new Headspace centres and upgrading five satellite services, bringing the total number of Headspace services across Australia to 164, and
    2. working jointly with states and territories to boost clinical capacity at existing Headspace services.
  1. Head to Health Kids. In partnership with state and territory governments, the Federal Government will create up to 15 new Head to Health Kids mental health and wellbeing centres for children aged 0–12 years. These centres will provide multidisciplinary support for infants, children and their parents, and improve early intervention outcomes for children’s mental health, at a cost of $54.2 million.


The Government remains deeply committed to work towards zero suicides and is committing $298.1 million to do so.

“For the first time and in partnership with states and territories, we will fund aftercare for every Australian discharged from hospital following a suicide attempt, at a cost of $158.6 million.” Mr Pasin said.

Aftercare services provide follow up care in the immediate months after a suicidal crisis or attempt, and support individuals to seek appropriate help when they need it most.


The Morrison Government will build a single, world-class digital platform under Head to Health that will provide online professional counselling, peer support, clinical support and referrals.

Mr Pasin said this $2.3 billion investment is the first phase of the response to the findings of the Productivity Commission’s (PC) Inquiry into Mental Health and the National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s (NSPA) Final Report.

The Government has accepted all of the recommendations of both reports in full, in part or in principle. The majority of these recommendations require collaboration with state and territory governments, with a number to be pursued jointly through a new National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement.