About the Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (CEPS) provides a centralised specialist clearinghouse and online resource centre for mental health peer support. It was set up in response to the growing interest in and recognition of peer support work, for both consumers and families/carers. A collaborative project, CEPS aims to support a sustainable peer support sector by providing linkage, service mapping and information-sharing. It is intended for use by consumers, families/carers, peer support workers, community mental health organisations, NGOs and individuals who provide or want to provide peer support. It was launched in June 2011.


This website aims to support best practice in peer support by providing central point for information-sharing and exchange. It provides access to resourcesresearch, a Directory of services and a community of practice, through the Forum. You can advertise or find out about upcoming training and employment opportunities (positions currently advertised) here. The website is designed as a collaborative resource, made up of the contributions of the diverse range of people and organisations who provide peer support. Please contribute your knowledge, experience, suggestions, ideas, research and resources you have to share by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Individualised information and support are also available by telephone (ph. 1300 237 199) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Business planning, in-house training and mentoring can be provided to individuals or services wanting to implement new peer support projects or enhance existing ones. Downloadable training modules are accessible here.


The Centre of Excellence was established by seven project partners: ARAFEMI (lead agency),The Compassionate Friends (TCF), Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV), Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA), Action Disability Ethnicity Community (ADEC), Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) and GROW. In December 2013, ARAFEMI merged with Mind Australia, and the CEPS project is now housed by Mind.  


Specifically, the project aims to:


  • Reduce the burden on existing peer support agencies of responding to requests;
  • Increase the capacity of individuals and services to utilise best practice in the development, implementation, ongoing management, evaluation and review of peer support services;
  • Promote sustainable practice and encourage community participation in responding to mental health issues;
  • Reduce ad hoc and unsupported service development;
  • Increase potential peer support network linkages to assist planned service development;
  • Provide practical information and support.


The establishment of this website and the Centre of Excellence in Peer Support was funded by a grant from the William Buckland Foundation, managed by the ANZ Trustees.  Ongoing support is now fully provided by Mind Australia.