The National Drug Strategy is a national framework for building safe, healthy and resilient Australian communities through preventing and minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.
The purpose of the National Drug Strategy is to provide a national framework which identifies national priorities relating to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, guides action by governments in partnership with service providers and the community, and outlines a national commitment to harm minimisation through balanced adoption of effective demand, supply and harm reduction strategies.
Importantly, for the first time, the Strategy will have a ten year lifespan, reflecting Australia’s consistent and ongoing approach to national alcohol, tobacco and other drug policy. The Strategy provides a national framework for action that is able to accommodate new and emerging alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues when they arise, and provides a guide for jurisdictions in developing their individual responses to local alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. It is expected that each jurisdiction will develop their own accompanying strategy action plan which details the local priorities and activities to be progressed during the Strategy lifespan. The ongoing cooperation between the law enforcement and health sectors is a key success of the previous National Drug Strategy. In addition to providing a national framework to guide coordinated action to minimise the harms to all from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, this iteration saw the development of a number of sub-strategies to provide direction and context for specific issues.
For hard copies of the Strategy contact the Department of Health on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (0) 6269 1080.