Local Drug Action Team Program

The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program helps communities work together to prevent alcohol and other drug harms across Australia.

aerial park view 02

How the program works

The LDAT program gives Australian communities a framework to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs (AoD).

Local Drug Action Teams will strengthen protective factors to minimise AoD harm in their local area. With support and resources from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF), the LDATs will deliver evidence-informed social change projects.

By 2020, there will be up to 220 communities involved in the program.

The LDAT program will evolve over time: responding to the needs of the different communities involved and the evidence-base they help establish.

The ADF would love your community to come on this journey with us. It is envisaged that application rounds will take place bi-annually. We invite you to establish a team with cross-sector representatives and apply to become an LDAT.

Why it works

Communities have needed greater support to prevent AoD harm for far too long. The LDAT program is a tremendous step: lifting the support and resources, and enabling communities across Australia to tailor their approach to suit their particular circumstances.

By working together, LDAT members can boost the protective factors such as quality education, positive parenting and establishing clear pathways from education to work.

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

The ADF will work with LDATs to ensure their projects are informed by evidence and are in line with best practice in the Alcohol and Drug sector.


The story so far

  • Applications to become an LDAT opened at the end of 2016.
  • The first 40 LDATs were selected in March 2017.
  • Twenty-six of these were granted funding to support local-level prevention-based projects.
  • The remaining fourteen LDATs have been provided funding to support them to build capacity and further develop their Community Action Plans.
  • The first LDAT group was publicly launched by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, in April 2017.
  • The next LDAT application round will be in June 2017.

If you would like to keep up with what is happening with the program, then sign up to the newsletter.

Funding and responsibility

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 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-based social change projects that prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms.

More information

Click through from the side tab for more information about the program, to apply to become an LDAT, the to find out more about the grant process, and to view Frequently Asked Questions.

If you would like further information about the LDAT program, please contact us.