In May 2015, the Federal Government released its Budget Proposal for 2015-16.
One of the highlights is the Government’s announcement that it will work in collaboration with states and territories to develop the 5th National Mental Health Plan.
Some of the key areas of interest include;
- A Youth Employment Strategy is being developed with a total of $105.7 million to be provided over 5 years. This focuses on young people with a mental illness getting into work through targeted youth unemployment strategies.
- There is also a reverse from the 2014-15 budget proposal in relation to youth unemployment. Last year, the Government proposed that young people without significant barriers to employment to actively seek work for six months before receiving income support payments. In this year’s budget, the Government changed this to 4 weeks.
- There is 20 million provided for mental health support to rural Australians in some drought-affected communities.
- A total of 33.7 million over 5 years has been allocated to a national gateway for carer support services.
There is continued commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by providing $143 million over four years for an Information and Communication Technology system to support the application of the NDIS.
If you would like further information, read the Budget overview by Mental Health Australia here.