Illicit drugs

Programs and publications addressing the use of illicit drugs.

Page last updated: 01 December 2016


In response to the findings of the National Ice Taskforce, the Commonwealth Government has developed a comprehensive package to combat ice across key areas.


  • The Drug and Alcohol Program provides funding to a range of Drug and Alcohol treatment, prevention and national leadership activities. This includes significant funding to a wide range of treatment services across Australia, as well as some of the highest performing drug and alcohol research institutes in the country. Funding is provided through open, competitive funding rounds, targeted grants and unsolicited proposals.
  • The COAG Mental Health Improved Services Initiative funds alcohol and other drug (AOD) services to build their capacity to manage and treat people with co-occurring AOD problems and mental illness (comorbidity).
  • The National Psychostimulants Initiative focused on addressing the problems caused by the increased availability and use of psychostimulants.
  • Supporting measures for Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) comprise two streams:
    • increased education, counselling and referral services provided through community based programs and
    • diversification of NSPs (ie increase the accessibility of NSPs through pharmacies and other outlets and provide information and training support.

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