About Us


The mission of the Clubhouse Australia Coalition is to promote and strengthen the evidence based Clubhouse Model of Social Psychiatric Rehabilitation empowering individuals with mental illness to live, learn and work with in their community with dignity and freedom from stigma.




To be a well organised well funded comprised of accredited clubhouses across Australia or those in the process of accreditation


To promote and increase equal opportunities and improved quality of life for people recovering from mental illness in collaboration with organisations , Business and Industry Policy Makers, Governments Federal & State and our Communities.


To ensure quality innovative Clubhouses to become integral leaders in their local communities.


  • To provide a definition of Clubhouse for Australia

  • To articulate the clubhouse position on issues that effect the interests of adults with mental illness

  • To educate and advise others throughout Australia by clarifying the role of clubhouses in the array of services offered in the mental heath system

  • To support the development of new Clubhouses

  • To develop educational forums related to Clubhouse issues

  • To facilitate outcome studies on the effectiveness of the clubhouse programs and disseminate the results

  • To support funding applications and help secure funding for all clubhouses throughout Australia

  • To facilitate the networking of the clubhouse Australia Coalition members nationwide


Dedicated to assisting adults with major mental illness to live full, productive, stable lives in the community, the CA is a non-profit organisation whose membership includes more than approx 7000 members nationally who have a major mental illness, and belong to at least one of the 15 community-based vocational and social rehabilitation centres, called “Clubhouses”. Membership in the CA is awarded to Clubhouses (and their members and staff) which achieve certification from the International Centre for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) ensuring the quality of services provided by these rehabilitation centres.

The CA helps its member Clubhouses expand rehabilitative opportunities and services for employment, housing, education, health, peer support and mental health care. It also helps individual members develop the leadership skills that enable them to participate fully in life – not only at the Clubhouse, but also in the community. The CA works to remove obstacles to gaining employment, an education and housing in the community and helps to diminish the stigma of living with a mental illness by engaging in educational endeavours. Operating as a clearinghouse of information, a provider of technical assistance, a vehicle for organizing and a coordinator of services and resources for Clubhouses across Australia, the goals of the CA are:

•Work in partnership with local employers to increase employment opportunities for Coalition members through education and system change.
•Increase local opportunities for members to gain an education.
•Utilise educational approaches to increase affordable housing opportunities for members.
•Organise and advocate for access to health care, dental care, substance abuse services for individuals with a major mental illness.
•Provide leadership development opportunities for individual members through formal training, conferences and by encouraging and developing leadership towards participation in activities that influence public policy and on-the-job learning through leadership activities within individual Clubhouses and the community.

Participation in the clubhouse is free to those who have a serious and persistent mental illness. The Clubhouses are funded with state tax dollars via the Department of Mental Health. Clubhouses are founded on the belief that rehabilitation for people who are working to recover from the effects of mental illness is greatly facilitated when individuals participate in meaningful work, including paid employment. As such, the cornerstone of Clubhouse programming is a three-tiered approach to helping people with mental illness gain employment: Transitional Employment (TE), Supported Employment (SE), and Independent Employment (IE). In each type of employment, professional Clubhouse staff people (who may or may not have a mental illness) serve as coaches for members as they go through the process of securing and maintaining gainful employment. CA has helped Clubhouses develop TE and SE jobs locally with many companies, including such employers as ??? CA Member Clubhouses have TE and SE jobs with over ??? companies in Australia.

The CA is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with long term mental illness find and secure employment, housing, education, and services and support in the community.

The Clubhouse Coalition Australia is dedicated to expanding employment, housing, educational, social, and leadership opportunities available to Australian citizens who have a mental illness. The CA was set up to uphold and promote the values of people living with mental illness.


Clubhouse Australia Coalition was founded early 2000 for a period of 5 years – then re- established in 2010 by 4 Clubhouses. CA (Clubhouse Australia) member clubhouses follow Clubhouse International Standards established by Clubhouse International (ICCD). CA meets monthly via teleconference and twice year face to face meeting. Hold an AGM annually.