Record State Budget funding means people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress will be central to the redesign of our mental health system.

The expertise of people with lived experience will be embedded across projects and at the heart of design and delivery of our work. 

Funding highlights include:

  • $5 million to begin work on Victoria’s first residential mental health service designed and delivered by people with lived experience
    This service will provide short-term treatment, care and support in a community setting as an alternative to acute hospital-based care. It will be designed and delivered by a majority lived experience workforce. 
  • $18.5 million to progress work on the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing 
    The Collaborative Centre will bring people with lived experience together with researchers and clinicians to develop and provide adult mental health services, conduct research and share knowledge, including working with services and research organisations in rural and regional areas.  
  • $40.7 million to expand Victoria’s lived experience workforces
    This funding will provide better educational and career pathways to build the lived experience workforce. This includes new cadetship positions and continuation of the Free TAFE course for Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.  
  • $1 million to begin design of a new non-government agency led by people with lived experience
    This new agency will be responsible for supporting organisations led by people with lived experience to develop and deliver services and provide accredited training and resources.

A new independent statutory Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will also be established, including Commissioners with lived experience.

More detail of State Budget mental health highlights is available on the Health.Vic website.

Read more about the State Budget across all portfolios on the 2021-22 Victorian State Budget website.