The Victorian Government has published Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024.
New system foundations

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy responds to key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. 

The Workforce Strategy is an important step towards building the workforce we need to provide treatment, care and support for Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress.

It prioritises steps to stabilise the system and lay the foundations for the decade of reform ahead. 

The Victorian Government is providing additional funding of $41 million to support the immediate priorities outlined in the Strategy. This includes 358 new full-time equivalent positions across the mental health system.

The new funding provides:

  • $1.3 million for up to 70 postgraduate scholarships, including 20 for AOD practitioners in 2022 to undertake postgraduate training
  • $5.4 million for 41 allied health graduates and eight educators to boost critical supply in 2022 
  • $12.4 million to continue training an additional 575 of Victoria’s junior doctors in foundational mental health skills in 2023
  • $4.6 million to train 40 enrolled nurses and eight educators in mental health in 2022 
  • $12.2 million program to train experienced allied health and nurse clinicians in mental health, for up to 50 nurses, 30 allied health training positions and supporting educator roles
  • $4.5 million to improve the capacity of the psychiatry training. 

This builds on previous investment of $228 million in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Victorian State Budgets, including $40 million to build system readiness and increase the number of lived experience workers across the system.

More than 350 individuals and 100 organisations contributed to the development of the Workforce Strategy. 

The Department of Health will collaborate with community and sector partners to implement the Workforce Strategy, which will be reviewed and updated every two years. 

The Strategy supports the release of the new Victorian Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework. The Framework outlines the knowledge, skills and attributes of a diverse, multidisciplinary mental health and wellbeing workforce. 

Read the Workforce Strategy on the Department of Health website.