Parenting is probably not getting easier. Parents are busier, financial and time demands are greater, so this support from the federal government is a good boost to new and future parents.

The Morrison government is providing $16.6 million in grants to support the mental health and wellbeing of expectant and new parents through nine new projects.

It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of women experience depression while pregnant, and one-in-seven women in the year after birth.

Men can also experience perinatal mental illness, with approximately one-in-10 expectant and new fathers experiencing depression, anxiety or other forms of emotional distress in the perinatal period.