Support for Day to Day Living in the Community

The "Support for Day to Day Living in the Community (D2DL): a structured activity program" provides funding to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. The initiative recognises that meaningful activity and social connectedness are important factors that can contribute to people's recovery.

Page last updated: 25 February 2016

The Day to Day Living (D2DL) programme is transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The programme has been extended for three years to support the transition of programme funding to the NDIS. The extension will ensure service continuity for programme clients until NDIS rollout is completed in each jurisdiction.

Timeframe for NDIS transition

National rollout of the NDIS commences from 1 July 2016, with full rollout to be achieved by 30 June 2019. Information on the rollout of the NDIS is available at the NDIS website.

Details of the transition schedule and timetable for full scheme rollout of the NDIS are outlined in the bilateral agreements signed between the Commonwealth and the New South Wales, Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian state governments. The Commonwealth is continuing negotiations with Queensland and the Northern Territory to finalise NDIS transition arrangements, and the comparative evaluation of the My Way and NDIS trials in Western Australia will inform a future agreement in that state. In the Australian Capital Territory, from 1 July 2016, all residents who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for access to the scheme.

Key points to note regarding the extension of funding arrangements:

  • D2DL funded organisations will continue to be block funded by the department through the transition. Programme contributions to the NDIS will be 'in-kind' during this time.
  • Each D2DL organisation will be required to support the transition of eligible programme clients to the NDIS in line with the transition schedule for their jurisdiction.
  • Funding for client support will be maintained at existing levels.

All Governments have made a commitment that no programme clients will be disadvantaged in the transition to the NDIS. Continuity of Support arrangements are being finalised and further information will be provided to providers and clients.

The Department will work closely with organisations to support ongoing service delivery and the transition of programme clients to the new arrangements.

Further information about programme arrangements during the transition period will be available shortly.

About D2DL
Provider contact details

About D2DL

The aims of the Support for Day to Day Living in the Community program are to:
  • support people with severe and persistent mental illness who experience social isolation
  • increase the ability of people with severe and persistent mental illness to participate in social, recreational and educational activities
  • assist people with severe and persistent mental illness to improve their quality of life and live successfully at an optimal level of independence in the community
  • expand the capacity of the non-government organisation sector to offer structured day programs for people experiencing social isolation through severe and persistent mental illness and
  • increase community participation by assisting participants to:
    • develop new skills and/or relearn old skills
    • develop social networks
    • participate in community activities
    • develop confidence and
    • accomplish personal goals.
The Department of Health funds 40 organisations at 60 sites around Australia to provide structured and socially based day activities. These organisations provide a wide range of activities, based on client needs. These activities include, but are not limited to:
  • cooking classes
  • bushwalking, gym classes and swimming classes
  • arts, such as drama, drawing, pottery, creative writing, painting classes
  • vocational activities such as volunteering groups, return to work skill development groups, computer classes, trips to local TAFEs and neighbourhood houses to explore study options and
  • social outings.
(Note: activities may vary across sites)

The Support for Day to Day Living in the Community program is available to people whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live independently in the community is impacted as a result of a severe mental illness. A person does not need to have a formalised clinical diagnosis of a severe mental illness to initially access the program.Top of page

Evaluation of the program

An evaluation of the D2DL program was undertaken during the period 2007-2009.

Day to day living provider contact details

The Support for Day to Day Living in the Community program operates through non-government organisations around Australia. Contact information for each site is as follows:

Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory
New South Wales


  • Eastern Access Community Health (EACH)
    46 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, VIC 3134
    Phone: (03) 8720 2500
    EACH website
  • Neami National – Doncaster
    888 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC 3108
    Phone: (03) 9890 9248
    Neami website
  • Neami National – Glen Waverley
    688 Glen Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150
    Phone: (03) 9545 3688
    Neami website
  • Neami National – Blackburn
    Suite 4, Level 2, 39 Railway Road, Blackburn, VIC 3130
    Phone: (03) 9545 3688
    Neami website
  • cohealth – First Response
    215 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
    Phone: (03) 9362 8181
    Western Region Health Centre website
  • cohealth Mid West D2DL
    Suite 9/2 Devonshire Road, Sunshine, VIC 3020
    Phone: (03) 9313 2800
    Western Region Health Centre website
  • cohealth
    7 Chester Street, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
    Phone: (03) 9377 7100
    cohealth website
  • Neami National – Thomastown
    8 Main Street, Thomastown, VIC 3074
    Phone: (03) 9464 6455
    Neami website
  • Neami National – Splash
    268 Raglan Street, Preston, VIC 3072
    Phone: (03) 9484 7555
    Neami website
  • MIND Australia – Sprout
    40 Clapham Street, Thornbury, VIC 3071
    Phone: (03) 1300 286 463
    MIND Australia website
  • Dianella Community Health
    6 Newbold Avenue, Craigieburn, VIC 3064
    Phone: (03) 9303 0545
    Dianella Community Health website
  • Merri Community Health Services
    21 Victoria Street, Coburg, VIC 3058
    Phone: (03) 9355 9900
    Merri Community Health Services website
  • St Mary's House of Welcome
    165 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
    Phone: (03) 9417 6497
    St Mary's House of Welcome website
  • MIND Australia Community Services – ‘Amaroo Arts program’ Williamstown
    97 – 99 Osborne Street, Williamstown, VIC 3016
    Phone: (03) 9397 2709
    MIND Australia website
  • Neami National – Heidelberg
    422 Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg, VIC 3084
    Phone: (03) 9459 5455
    Neami website
  • Neami National – Briar Hill
    3/18 Sherbourne Road, Briar Hill, VIC 3088
    Phone: (03) 9459 5455
    Neami website
  • MIND Australia – Wangaratta Community Services
    16A Clark Street, Wangaratta, VIC 3677
    Phone: (03) 5732 1002
    MIND Australia website
  • Gateway Health
    155 High Street, Wodonga, VIC 3690
    Phone: (02) 6022 8888
    Gateway Community Health website


Western Australia

South Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory


New South Wales

For further information, please email day to day living.