Mental Health Practitioners (Reference 119)

​Program Description

The Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) initiative will provide funding to government school campuses with secondary enrolments to employ a mental health practitioner (mental health nurse, occupational therapist, psychologist or social worker) for between one and five days a week.

Mental health practitioners will provide direct counselling support to students and other early intervention and whole-school health promotion activities, as well as coordinating support for students with complex needs.


Funding will be progressively rolled out to secondary school campuses according to an Area-based implementation model from 2019 to 2022.

Funding allocation

SRP funding will be provided to cover the salary of an ongoing school-based mental health practitioner. Participating schools will receive between a minimum of 0.2 FTE and a maximum of 1.0 FTE, depending on their secondary student enrolments.

The first year of a school’s funding allocation will be adjusted depending on what term the school first participates in the MHP initiative (see Term Allocation Adjustment table, below). For example, a school entering the MHP initiative in Term 3, 2020 will receive 50% of their annual allocated funding for the 2020 year.

FTE allocations will be fixed from the time of entry into the MHP initiative until the rollout period is complete. After the rollout period ends, FTE allocations will be reviewed and adjustments may be made. The first rollout period concludes in 2022.


Rate = $105,998.92 (Annualised midpoint of an Education Support, Level 1 Range 4, position including school SRP on costs)

Campus FTE Allocation = Secondary Enrolments * 0.0008119


Mental Health Practitioners Funding = Funding Calculation * Term Allocation Adjustment %

Funding Calculation

Funding Calculation = Campus FTE Allocation * Rate

Term Allocation Adjustment

Rollout Term

  • Term 1: 100%
  • Term 2: 75%
  • Term 3: 50%
  • Term 4: 25%