Frequently Asked Questions

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Application & Assessment Processes

LDAT Grants

Primary Prevention

LDAT Partnerships

Community Consultation

Governance and Support

Further Information

Application & Assessment Processes

What is the LDAT Application process?

On 1 June 2017 the second round of LDAT applications will open and run for six weeks (closing on Friday 14 July 2017).

The third round of LDAT applications will open in late 2017, with more opportunities to be part of the program occurring in 2018 and 2019.

For the full application process please read the Becoming an LDAT page.

We weren’t successful in joining the LDAT program in other rounds. Can we apply again?

Yes. Unsuccessful applicants will be offered feedback to assist their readiness to apply in subsequent application rounds. Groups are encouraged to access the online tools and resources to further develop applications.

How are LDAT applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by an external independent selection panel. The panel comprises representatives with expertise in Community Development, Indigenous alcohol and other drug issues, health promotion and prevention, and evidence-based programs and evaluation.

Who can I contact if I have trouble completing my Application (via SmartyGrants)?

If you have trouble accessing SmartyGrants please contact us. If you need assistance completing the form, please visit the becoming an LDAT section of the website.

How will you decide which area gets an LDAT?

Decisions will be primarily made on the relative quality of each application submitted, but will also take into account areas of need, such as communities with high rates of unemployment; regional centers / remote communities; cultural and linguistic diversity; high population of Indigenous people; areas of high population growth; social disadvantage; and high levels of alcohol and other drug harms and geographic location.

How we will be notified about the outcome of our application?

Once applications have been assessed, the lead contact listed on the Application Form will be advised of the outcome in accordance with ADF’s Application Notification process. For indicative dates on when you would be notified please visit the Becoming an LDAT section of the website.

If we aren’t successful in becoming an LDAT, can we still access LDAT resources available from the ADF?

Yes – and this is strongly encouraged. The ADF has a range of online tools and resources available that will benefit any organisation working to prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug related harms. As the LDAT program evolves, many community groups can be part of the Community Leadership Program which is under development.

LDAT Grants

How much money can one LDAT get?

Each LDAT that enters the program will receive a minimum of $10,000 to support its work. 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. Teams can then apply for up to $40,000 every 12 months they are in the program.

The original funding was specifically to fight ‘ice’, so why are you also focusing on alcohol and other drugs?

The LDAT program identifies a number of key priorities, with crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) being one of them. It is important that the activities proposed by LDATs are in response to local issues and we know that substance use does not occur in isolation. LDAT applicants should focus their LDAT Action Plans on the issues causing the most harm in their region (and this might include ice)

The LDAT program also recognises that the underlying causes of substance use are very similar. The LDAT program aims to strengthen protective factors to prevent and minimise the risk of AOD misuse — no matter which drug.


What information do you use to make funding grant determinations?

LDAT funding applications will be assessed against a number of criteria. LDATs that are able to effectively demonstrate their intent to create a community-owned culture of alcohol and other drug prevention that is locally relevant in their community will be scored highly. For grant funding to implement activity/s there is a need to demonstrate that the activity sits within a broader Community Action Plan, is using an approach that is evidence-informed, and is committed to regular monitoring and formal evaluation.

Can two LDATs get together to work on a project and apply for two grants to collaborate on a larger scale project?

Yes. Provided there is a common agenda within a larger Community Action Plan. We are looking for high impact projects. If you can describe how working together will enhance outcomes then this will be considered.

We received a grant in year one. Can we apply for another grant?

All LDATs can apply for funding up to $40,000 per annum to support the prevention activities and priorities identified in their approved LDAT Action Plan.

You will be required to meet all requirements as stipulated in the LDAT contract, including demonstrating work has been carried out according to your application and support plan. If the grant is to fund activity/s identified in your LDAT Action Plan, key milestones will need to be met and relevant acquittal of funds.

How we will be notified about the outcome of the Grants Allocation?

Once applications have been assessed, the lead contact listed on the Application Form will be advised of the outcome in accordance with ADF’s Grants Notification process. For indicative dates on when you would be notified please visit the Becoming an LDAT section.

If we are awarded a grant and the project is delayed, can we carry over funds to the next financial year?

Yes. LDATs are supported by ADF staff and should notify their contact immediately to request an extension. The ADF will consider progress against the LDAT Action Plan (or project plan). In year 1, we are encouraging groups who are confident they can deliver their project within 12 months to apply.

Can our LDAT purchase assets with the grant funding?

All capital purchases over $500 must be clearly detailed in the budget template at the time of application and if there is concern over any items, clarification will be requested. If there is a strong case for support in your LDAT Action Plan for an item that would be considered staffing or capital expenditure then you may be granted approval to use funding toward this, however the decision is at the discretion of the ADF.

The projects we want to deliver require more funding than the LDAT grant can provide so can we source funding from additional organisations to deliver the projects?

Yes. We encourage groups to seek other funding sources. Groups which are completely reliant on funding from the LDAT program to sustain their operation are ineligible.

The ADF recommend this additional funding cannot come from liquor, gambling, Tobacco, or pharmaceutical industries.

LDAT Partnerships

What types of organisations can become an LDAT?

Effective partnerships within communities is a core principle of the LDAT program.

An LDAT is a group with a broad cross-section of organisations, including but not limited to: Local Government, Local Community groups, Business Associations/Local traders, Police, Schools, Family Services Support Agencies, Health Services, Education and Employment Services providers, Sports and Recreation groups and local Not-For-Profit organisations. The key to becoming an LDAT is the commitment of organisations to work together collaboratively.

Can an existing Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) and Local Drug Action Group (LDAG) be part of an LDAT?

Yes. CDATs and LDAGs are encouraged to work with organisations and other groups in their communities to build partnerships and form an LDAT. Multiple CDATs and LDAGs may apply together for project funding if they share the same focus area/s and would like to deliver the same type of prevention project in their local area. All LDATs that have CDAT/LDAG involvement will be provided with the same support as other LDATs and will be expected to engage in all components of the LDAT program.

Can a Primary Health Network (PHN) apply to be part of an LDAT?

Yes, the focus of LDATs is primary prevention and/or harm reduction in the community. Participation in LDATs by health services and health providers in communities is encouraged (including PHNs). PHNs have an important role commissioning alcohol and other drug treatment services and integration and coordination at the regional level. Importantly though, the LDAT program does not fund treatment services – it is a primary prevention program, so the PHN would need to demonstrate appropriate partnerships with other organisations and a focus on prevention/health promotion activities.

What types of organisations are outside the scope of the LDAT program?

The purpose and values of your team (including all partnering organisations) need to be consistent with the LDAT premise of preventing alcohol and other drug harms in local communities. Some key areas of focus may be: Prevention of Ice (crystal methamphetamine) use in the community; Prevention of alcohol related harms in the community; Increasing family protective factors in the community; Existing or emerging drugs in your community; a project with an Indigenous community.

Organisations operating within the Liquor, Gambling and Pharmaceutical industries are examples of those whose mission and purpose are not aligned with those of that of the LDAT program.

Is there an ideal number of organisations to form an LDAT? 

There is no ideal number. Evidence shows that healthy partnerships build resilient communities. Based on this, we have requested prospective LDATs have multi-sector support and membership from at least two other organisations from within the community. Ideally, there would be cross-sector representation, a commitment to collaboration, a formal arrangement to guide the work of the group (including clear commitment from senior leaders) and an ability to enact change.

How many LDATs will there be in each state and territory?

By 2020, there will be up to 220 LDATs involved in the program across the country.

While the establishment of LDATs is largely driven by the relative strengths of the applications received during each application process, it is hoped that there will be an equitable distribution of LDATs across the country in each state and territory.

The ADF are building a digital community that will support the growth of hundreds of organisations – not just the 220 LDATs established through this program – across Australia by 2020. It’s about building community capacity and leadership to drive change in all areas.

What criteria determines who may be approved as an LDAT?

LDAT applications are assessed against a number of criteria. LDATs that are able to effectively demonstrate their intent to create a community-owned culture of alcohol and other drug prevention that is locally relevant in their community will be scored highly.

For information about the key assessment criteria click here.

What is the role of an LDAT auspice organisation?

Auspice organisations take a lead role in coordinating the LDAT partnership. The management and administration of LDAT grant funds also falls within the remit of the Auspice organisation.

What type of individuals should be the delegated representatives for the LDAT participant organisations?

Whomever the members of the LDAT consider is best. Factors to consider include the breadth of skills on your LDAT team, as well as the experience and networks your particular activity/s require. Think about what you are trying to do and the best people within the member organisations to support this.

How can I determine if my group is ready to become an LDAT?

Please read the Becoming an LDAT page.

Community consultation

What is a Community Action Plan (CAP)?

A CAP is a document, usually prepared by a regional local government of health organisation which outlines the way that community wants to improve the health and wellbeing of the people who live in that area.

For many potential LDATs there will be an existing CAP that has information about the broad community strategy — for example, a local government health and wellbeing plan, alcohol and drug action strategy, aboriginal health plan, etc.

We recommend that applicants locate the appropriate one for their area and ensure the work of their group is aligned and contributing to this plan.

If you do not have a plan, you can apply for support to develop one through the LDAT program.

For more information, please read the Community Action Plan page.

We haven’t completed community consultation, are we able to apply to become an LDAT?


Ideally prospective LDATs will have already conducted some community consultation as part of their work.

However, the LDAT program can also support groups to conduct consultation and to support broader community engagement.

The LDAT program is underpinned by a commitment to a process of community consultation to enable community-led action.

Our community consultation toolkit is a great starting point.

Can prospective or existing LDATs get help to develop and deliver an LDAT Action Plans?


A broad range of support is available including relevant resources, mentoring, assistance with establishing readiness to receive funding, membership of the community leadership program. Effective communication with other LDATs will be encouraged through a Community Of Practice digital platform which is currently under development. More information will be available when this goes live.

Can there be more than one LDAT in our community?

We encourage community groups to work together and strengthen their impact. It is anticipated that having more than one LDAT in a single community would be a rare occurrence, as LDATs will be focused on developing and delivering complimentary activities under a Community Action Plan which would be shared across a community. The possible exception to this might be where there are LDATs undertaking targeted work in relation to a specific priority population group (such as Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups) and other organisations within a community identify a need to establish another LDAT for more mainstream whole of population prevention activities.

Primary prevention works best to reduce the harm from Alcohol and other Drugs when done through a whole of community approach.

Primary Prevention

What do you mean by primary prevention?

Primary prevention is about stopping problems before they happen. When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, this means strengthening all the protective factors in a community. and developing safe environments that reduce the risk of AOD misuse.

More information on primary prevention can be found in this resource.

Governance and support

Can additional organisations join an LDAT group after an Agreement has been signed?

Yes. We encourage LDATs to extend their community reach and develop new partnerships in support of their LDAT Action Plans and Community and Action Plans. If there is already an LDAT in your community and you would like to find out more about what they are doing and how your organisation can become involved, please contact us and we can connect you.

Where does the legal liability lie for activities undertaken by a LDAT?

The LDAT needs to operate under the auspice of a ‘lead’ community organisation that has the appropriate governance controls including the appropriate public liability and professional indemnity insurance. To the extent permitted by law, the ADF will not be liable for any activities undertaken by a LDAT.

What is required in terms of acquittal of grants?

Invoices and a spreadsheet tracking expenditure need to be kept. Further details will be provided as part of your LDAT signed contract/agreement.

How will the program be evaluated and who will be evaluating it?

LDATs will need to demonstrate a commitment to regularly review its program and services, including monitoring and evaluation. The ADF will support LDATs to develop their evaluation and ensure they are able to measure their progress to increase the strength and sustainability of the activity/s it delivers.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will also undertake its own evaluation of the LDAT Program.

Further information

Where can I go to find more information or ask questions about the LDAT program?

Additional information on the LDAT program, Application and Assessment processes, and Funding Grants can be found on our website.

All enquires can be directed to our LDAT contact page.

Telephone inquiries can be directed to 03 9611 6100