Increased ACT Funding

Posted on 22 September 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi

In anticipation of increased demand on mental health services, the ACT government has provided an additional funding boost to the sector.  A funding package of $3.6 million will provide immediate financial support to mental health and alcohol and other drug services. The funding package is additional to the ACT government’s 2021-2022 budget commitments and includes:

  • $1m for the expansion of Police, Ambulance and Clinical Emergency Response program
  • $200,000 for eating disorder services
  • $90,000 to provide extended services to youth living with severe or acute mental illness
  • $300,000 for community housing
  • $524,000 for AOD programs delivered by Directions Health Services, $160,000 for flexible AOD services and $300,000 to fund more peer support workers at Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy
  • $80,000 to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Canberra
  • $40,000 to Care Financial Counselling for services to people who have lost work
  • $70,000 for business and school programs delivered by Mental Illness Education

Acknowledging the significant impact the lockdowns are having on mental health, an emergency package from the Federal government has been provisioned to ensure access to urgent mental health care in the ACT. This funding will go to selected “key services” including:

  • $1.6m to open a pop-up Head to Health clinic.
  • $400,000 for eating disorder programs including funding for Head to Help and Headspace programs.
  • $320,000 to Headspace for ongoing youth support
  • $150,000 for the Stepping Stones program delivered by CatholicCare
  • $100,000 for LGBIQ+ services delivered by Meridian ACT


AAPi looks forward to working with the ACT and Federal Government on additional funding and support for the mental health care sector.

More Information:

ACT Emergency Funding Package

Federal Government mental health boost