NEW: Local Drug Action Team Program

Grants Round 1 has closed

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The LDAT program has been funded by the Australian Government as part of the response to the Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce 2015 and the 2015 National Ice Action Strategy.


The Taskforce and the Strategy identified that localised community action was needed to prevent and reduce the harms from crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) impacting the community.

The purpose of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program is to help communities work together to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms and issues. 

The Australia-wide program will be implemented by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation between 2016 and 2020. It will provide a platform and resources to support communities to develop and deliver evidence-informed social change projects that prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms and issues.

By 2020, there will be up to 220 communities involved in the program. Communities are invited to form groups with cross sector representatives and apply to become an LDAT. 

Over the coming years, a wide range of resources will be developed to support communities to implement evidence-informed approaches to alcohol and other drug harm prevention.


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Why this program?

There are risk and protective factors that influence alcohol and drug harms for individuals and communities. Protective factors include strong, well connected communities, quality education, positive parenting, clear pathways from education to work for young people and reasonable levels of employment.

This program supports community action to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors.


Program components

The program materials will evolve and develop in close consultation with community and established LDATs over the next four years. We are keen to ensure the program’s ongoing sustainability, and both the resources and the platform will be designed with the community and end-user at centre.

  1. Readiness self-assessment 
  2. Grants to support LDATs to deliver their project (Applications for grants round 1 has closed)
  3. Mentoring of LDAT community leaders (from Mar 2017)
  4. Toolkits and resources to support capacity building and activity development (from Apr 2017)
  5. Evaluation of the LDAT program (from Apr 2017)
  6. Online ‘Community of Practice’ to facilitate LDAT planning, delivery, learning, interaction, and sharing (from Nov 2017)