The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) was engaged by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy (NATSIPDS) Working Group to undertake consultations in six locations in Australia to inform the development of the NATSIPDS.

The consultations conducted by NIDAC built on work that has been undertaken by the NATSIPDS Working Group and feedback from the evaluation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan (The CAP) and the Yarning Circle, conducted at the 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference held in Fremantle, WA in June 2012.

The consultations were held in Port August, SA; Sydney, NSW; Mount Isa, QLD; Perth, WA; Broome, WA; and Alice Springs, NT. A report containing the major findings and a summary of the key themes from the consultations was provided to the NATSIPDS Working Group.

Written Submissions

17 submissions were received in response to the call for written submissions, which closed on 7 June 2013. Click on the organisation below to read a copy of their submission.

  • Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory
  • Aboriginal Medical Service Co-op Ltd – NSW
  • Aboriginal Policy & Research Unit, Corporate Strategy and Governance, Victorian Police
  • Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia – ACT
  • Anex – VIC
  • Attorney General’s Department – ACT
  • Hepatitis NSW – NSW
  • Kirby Institute, University of NSW
  • National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction – SA
  • Northern Adelaide Medicare Local – VIC
  • Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association – QLD
  • South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services
  • The Pharmacy Guild of Australia – ACT
  • Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association – VIC
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation- VIC
  • WA Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) – WA
  • Western Australian Network of AOD Agencies – WA

Background Paper

A Background Paper developed by the NATSIPDS Working Group provides context and guidance for the consultations and the written submissions. For a copy of this paper go HERE.

Background to the NATSIPDS

The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy (NATSIPDS) Working Group has been established to develop the NATSIPDS as a sub-strategy under the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 (http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/publishing.nsf/Content/home). This Working Group consists of experts from around Australia from both the government and non government sector with the Assistant Secretary, Drug Strategy Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing filling the role of Chair and the Chair and Co Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee as the Co Vice-Chairs.

The NATSIPDS will:

  • be aimed at minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities;
  • cover urban and metropolitan areas as well as rural and remote communities;
  • take a harm minimisation approach which encompasses the three equally important which will become a sub- strategy of the National Drug Strategy 2010 -2015;
  • build on the longstanding partnerships between the health and law enforcement sectors and seek to support the health-law enforcement partnership and strengthen linkages across other sectors as appropriate;
  • recognise the importance of working within a holistic and culturally appropriate framework; and
  • offer a clear policy framework that will guide current and future efforts to minimise the harm of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy will replace the current National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan (The CAP) (http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/publishing.nsf/Content/indigenous-drug-strategy-lp) and will have links to other relevant documents, including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health Plan and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.