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Where to start

It’s easy to feel helpless when we hear about all the alcohol and other drug problems facing our society. But the good news is that every community member has a real opportunity to make a difference in their local area through joining a Community Drug Action Team.

Community Drug Action Teams – NSW

These teams (also known as CDATs) are made up of passionate and dedicated volunteers who love their local area and want the best for their community.

Since 1999, CDATs have led thousands of activities to engage at-risk youth, educate parents and the wider community through community activities and campaigns to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and drug use. The ADF supports the CDATs through the Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP) funded by NSW Health.

Join a team

Getting involved is easy. Whether you would like to become a CDAT member, or have the time or resources to assist with a one-off event, your CDAT needs you!

Recent projects
  • Organising a local forum with the experts where community members can discuss the real issues behind ‘ice’ harms in their area and how they can be addressed.
  • Establishing a weekly activity for young people where they can party safely.
  • Objecting to new liquor licence applications.

Support from the ADF

The ADF supports CDATs with access to things like the latest research on effective community development and health promotion activities, case studies of initiatives, and templates for CDAT administration.

Every CDAT activity is guided by The Framework for Action 2015-2017.