Funding For Alcohol and Drug Treatment Extended

A number of drug and alcohol treatment services in Canberra have been given funding certainty for another year by a Federal Government decision.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said today seven local organisations could continue to offer long term treatment and rehabilitation programmes, as a result of the Government’s decision.

Senator Seselja said the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, has extended funding to approximately 160 alcohol and drug treatment organisations until 30 June 2016.

“The Government has now allocated over $3.1 million in 2015-16 for alcohol and drug treatment activities provided by non-government organisations for the ACT,” Senator Seselja said.

“Minimising the harm associated with alcohol and other drug misuse to individuals, families and communities is an important priority for the Government.”

The following ACT organisations have received funding for 11 different programs:

  • The Ted Noffs Foundation
  • CatholicCare – Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
  • Karralika Programs Inc
  • Toora Women Incorporated
  • Assisting Drug Dependents Inc
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association of the ACT Inc (ATODA)
  • AIVL – Australian Injecting And Illicit Drug Users League Inc

Senator Seselja said a review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector, commissioned by the Department of Health, is currently under consideration by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

“The review was initiated in 2013 to examine the duplication and overlap between services and propose a better way forward.

“Extending funding for another 12 months will provide clarity and certainty for the local organisations and others in the alcohol and other drug sector while these longer term plans are developed,” Senator Seselja concluded.

Commonwealth funding provides treatment and support to individuals including mothers, teenagers and older Australians, as well as families and communities affected by substance misuse.