Mental health services in Australia

Mental health services in Australia is an online presentation of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) series of annual mental health reports that describe the activity and characteristics of Australia’s mental health care services. This report provides the most recent data available on the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians.

The information in this report is constrained by the availability of comparable national data, which may result in some data overlaps and gaps in service information. As well as the data presented in the various webpages, readers can find detailed data for current and previous years in the Microsoft ® Excel workbooks attached to each section.

AIHW estimates that around $8.5 billion per annum is spent on mental health-related services in Australia. Services include residential and community services, hospital based services (both inpatient and outpatient), consultation with specialists and general practitioners.

Data presented throughout this report is sourced from a range of different data collections grouped by broad subject areas, and then presented in sections, available at the links below. Data are progressively published as data becomes available throughout the year.

Report topics

Specialised mental health care


Mental health support services


Mental health resources


Mental health indicators


National mental health committees 


Your Experience of Services survey


Technical notes and archived reports

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Archived reports and data