Our vision

Health and wellbeing for people who use or have used alcohol and other drugs, their families and the communities they live in.

Our mission

We work to advance health and public welfare through achievement of the lowest possible levels of alcohol and other drug related harm by promoting effective, efficient and evidence-informed prevention, treatment and harm reduction policies, programs and research at the national level.

Our values

  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Inclusivity
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Respect


1: Building sector capacity and capability

  • Objective 1.1 – Build awareness of and create a commitment to change the current underfunding of specialist alcohol and other drugs treatment services.
  • Objective 1.2Build awareness of and create a commitment to change the sector’s capacity to attract and retain skilled and qualified staff to deliver quality treatment outcomes.

2: Reducing red-tape and regulatory complexity

  • Objective 2.1 – Promote harmonisation of federal commissioning, contracting, regulation and reporting practices to ensure consistency with flexibility and limit compliance costs.
  • Objective 2.2 – Promote flexibility in funding contracts to maximise the ability of services to adapt and innovate in response to changes in context and evidence of community need.

Goal 3: Connecting evidence to outcomes

  • Objective 3.1 – Encourage coordination between the practice, policy and research arms of the sector, ensuring each is informed by the other with a focus on health and harm reduction.
  • Objective 3.2 – Promote local innovation informed by national and international practice, evidence of outcomes and community needs.
  • Objective 3.3 – Raise the profile and coordination of the specialist alcohol and other drugs sector, and the skills of the professionals working within it.