The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) is the peak body for the alcohol, tobacco and other drug sector in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). ATODA’s vision is a healthy, well and safe ACT community with the lowest possible levels of alcohol, tobacco and other drug related harms. Underpinning ATODA’s work is a commitment to health equity, the social and cultural determinants of health, and the values of collaboration, participation, diversity, human rights, social justice and reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

ATODA provides collaborative leadership for intersectoral action on the social determinants of harmful drug use, and on societal responses to drug use and to people who use drugs. ATODA works to provide alcohol, tobacco and other drug related expertise in the areas of policy; sector workforce development and capacity building; research, data and evaluation; health services planning; coordination and partnerships; training and education; communication; information and resources.

ATODA is a registered not-for-profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), and has been awarded full accreditation against the Australian Service Excellence Standards (Certificate level) to 20 June 2025.

ATODA’s work would not be possible without the support of our members, funders, and collaborations and partnerships with services and organisations across a range of health, community, academic and government sectors. ATODA is a member of a number of important organisations and forums, including the Australian Alcohol and Other Drugs Council (AADC), the State and Territory AOD Peaks Network, the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD), the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), and a number of relevant ACT Government forums.

ATODA was founded as the result of collective advocacy from a range of stakeholders who came together to reduce the harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the ACT community. The story of ATODA’s founding can be read at this link.

Note: While the term AOD (alcohol and other drug) is commonly used to refer to the alcohol, tobacco and other drug sector, ATODA’s preference is to use the term ATOD. This acknowledges the role that specialist service providers in this sector play in providing tobacco cessation support, and because tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of the burden of disease in Australia, contributing far more than alcohol or all illicit drugs combined.