NAPP was established for the following objects:
- To maintain, improve, advance and promote the ethical standards, integrity and reputation of Australian psychiatry.
- To maintain, improve, advance and promote psychiatric care for all Australians and ensure that there is freedom of choice of psychiatric care.
- To research, develop, establish and promote psychiatric care policies for the benefit of all Australians.
- To increase the medical professions' awareness of the community's continuing and changing psychiatric care needs.
- To promote community support for mental health research.
- To represent both industrially and politically the professional concerns of Australian Psychiatrists and their patients.
- To build and strengthen the relationship between psychiatric patients and their treating doctor.
- To encourage the involvement of psychiatrists in issues of concern to the medical profession.
- To support, maintain and encourage the work of those psychiatrists whose predominant work is in clinical practice.
- And to thereby maintain and protect the economic viability of quality psychiatric medical practice.
- In furtherance of the objects of the Association to subscribe, donate and become a member of and cooperate with any other body of persons corporate or unicorporate having objects similar to or partly similar to the objects of the Association including the learned Colleges and established medical organisations.