Becoming a Local Drug Action Team

Before you apply

The LDAT program is about building partnerships that focus on primary prevention work in your community. The members of an LDAT commit to working together as a team to promote social inclusion and to community-driven, evidence informed approaches that strengthen protective factors against AOD misuse. Your LDAT could include representatives of local government, local community groups, local traders/business associations, police, schools, and local not-for-profit organisations.

Communities will need to form groups with cross sector representatives and apply to become an LDAT. From Round 2 onward, LDAT’s will receive a minimum of $10,000 to either develop their LDAT further or implement activity/s. LDATs are then invited to a project funding round and can apply for further funding up to $40,000 (including the initial $10,000).


Which communities?

With a goal of bringing 220 LDATs into the program by 2020, we are looking for communities all across Australia, particularly those that have one or more of the following aspects:

  • High rates of unemployment
  • Regional centers / remote communities
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • High population of Indigenous people
  • Areas of high population growth
  • Social disadvantage
  • Specific priority population group
  • High levels of alcohol and other drug harms

The distribution of LDATs around the country will be reflective of the population spread of Australia.

Criteria for becoming an LDAT

LDAT applications will be assessed against the following criteria:


  • Multi-sector support and membership from at least two other organisations across the community.
  • Capability from an organisation that can act as the lead agency and provide a convening and auspice role to the LDAT and manage and administer any grant funds.
  • Commitment from the leaders (CEO, elders and/or board) of each organisation in the partnership
  • A formal arrangement that guides the work of the partnership (e.g. MOU, contract)
  • Extent to which the team promotes social inclusion and does not intentionally seek to exclude sectors of the community
  • Demonstrated capacity to successfully work together
  • Members with the ability to lead and enact change in their community

For more information about building effective partnerships read this article.

Community engagement

  • Local data and statistics, particularly around alcohol and other drugs, that demonstrate an existing need in your community
  • Commitment to a process of community consultation
  • Evidence of engaging with the people who will be affected by your project/s (if you already have one).


This section is for teams that have a project they are seeking funding for.

  • Not a single, one-off activity that is disconnected from a broader strategy
  • Evidence informed approach
  • Primary prevention focus
  • An approach or project that sits within a broader community plan – it is recommended that teams locate their community action plan prior to applying or request support in their application to develop one where it does not exist*.

*A community action plan could be a local government health and wellbeing plan, alcohol and drug action strategy, Aboriginal health plan, etc. and your team should demonstrate how your LDAT will contribute to the outcomes of this plan.

For more information about identifying and building a Community Action plan read this resource.

LDAT grants

Over $8 million will be distributed between 2016 – 2020 to support LDATs to implement their LDAT Action Plan.

Once your team is awarded with LDAT status, you qualify for a one off grant of $10,000 to help you strengthen your partnerships, expand your community consultation and needs assessment and ensure you have done the preparatory work in order to create an evidence-informed and community-led activity (project). LDATs can then apply for a further grant of up to $40,000 (including the one off $10,000) to develop and implement activity/s in their LDAT Action Plan.

An LDAT will be eligible for grants each year it participates in the program. For example, an LDAT entering the program in year 1, can apply for a grant in the following three years. Progress against your LDAT Action Plan must be achieved to receive grants over successive years of the program.

An LDAT may still be part of the program without applying for a grant. The tools, resources, and support that ADF provide can assist groups to develop and implement an LDAT Action Plan without a grant and we encourage all LDATs to think beyond just the activity/s they are funded for.

Selection panel

An external selection panel will assess applications. The panel consists of appointed independent experts in the fields of population health research, community development, and Indigenous community development. Panel members are rotated each assessment round.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

The next round of applications will open on 18 January 2018. To prepare your application now, please review the available resources and contact us.

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