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I am pleased to announce $20 million in grants under Tough on Drugs for community organisations to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support for those affected by drugs.

The funding is part of $290 million committed to the Tough on Drugs plan, and will go to more than 50 voluntary and community agencies to run community based services.

I commend the work of the community organisations involved in providing treatment and support services. They are playing their role in helping to build a social coalition to address the grave social problem of illicit drugs.

The key to the Tough on Drugs strategy lies in its partnership between voluntary and community agencies, churches, schools, parents, local communities, health professionals, law enforcement officials and government.

The Government is committed to this partnership and to working harder than ever to tackle the drug problem on all fronts.

True leadership which responds to community values demands that we stand up to drugs like never before.

The successful projects include:

- Youth Off The Streets, Ultimo, New South Wales which receives $750,000 for an intensive 2-4 week residential service for young adults who have a history of drug abuse.

- The Salvation Army, Adelaide, which receives $375,000 to employ two Aboriginal workers for a 25 bed sobering up unit for Aboriginal people.

- Anglicare in Lilydale, Victoria, which receives $474,000 to support drug users and their families.

Many of the agencies rec eiving this funding will use it to set up treatment and support services where gaps or special needs exist in local communities.

The projects announced today build on the $30 million allocated in August last year to 68 community agencies for treatment, and to 24 local communities for initiatives such as training and resource centres.

Tough on Drugs is the largest single initiative ever undertaken in Australia to respond to the drug problem.

The Government has set aside $150 million so that our law enforcement agencies have the resources needed to protect our borders and our streets from the drug menace.

A major education and community information programme is being implemented with around $40 million committed to school and community education efforts based on zero tolerance of drugs in schools.

We are sending the strongest possible message to our children to resist drugs.

At the same time we are extending help to those who need it. Backed by a $60 million commitment to treatment and rehabilitation, the Government wants to see all those who have a drug problem, or who are placed at risk, able to get access to treatment and support.

In addition, the Government is also supporting research, particularly the important work aimed at finding new ways to treat addiction, while maintaining its determined stand against risky heroin trials. There are now 18 medical trials taking place with the aim of finding alternatives to heroin. These trials are testing LAAM, buprenorphine, naltrexone and slow -release oral morphine with the aim of helping people break their addiction.

Although we have made much progress over the past 18 months in tackling Australia’s drug problem, there remains no quick or easy solutions to illicit drug abuse.

Importantly, the treatment and rehabilitation projects announced today will extend the reach of treatment services currently available. Those affected by drug abuse will have more assistance and support available to help them recover from their addiction and resume a normal healthy life.

I wish to thank the Australian National Council on Drugs for their guidance and advice on the implementation of the Tough on Drugs strategy.

18 March 1999

[Attachement to hard copy:

Includes August 1998 as well as March 1999 proposed funding

Held in Dept. Parl. Lib’s Information Files]





Organisation Name



Target Group

Description of Service

Cost (over 3 or 4 years)


1. Aboriginal Medic al  

Service Cooperative 

Ltd (AMS)


Redfern, inner city Sydney

Aboriginal people

Expand Stage 1 of the residential rehabilitation program to provide an outpatient rehabilitation service in the AMS drug treatment strategy in Redfern, inner city Sydney. The outpatient service would allow for a greater number of clients to receive treatment. Case managers will be employed, and will be able to provide a more intensive level of service, including relapse prevention, outreach support and a more holistic and culturally appropriate service overall. This would also enhance the current early intervention capacities of the service.



2. Cyrenian House


Stanmore and Glebe

Women and families with children

The agency proposes initiatives that will enhance existing service capacity by extending access to women and families with children, and improved support for the service’s administ ration and capital works to upgrade their accommodation.



3. Kamira Farm Inc



Children of women in drug treatment

One full time equivalent child care worker to develop and deliver a child development program at Kamira Farm. This program should contribute to improved outcomes for women in the Kamira program and address the needs of their children, a group at increased risk of a range of health related problems.



4. Kedesh House



Youth with dual diagnosis

The develo pment and implementation of intervention and treatment programs for youth at risk of continuance of substance use problems and for youth in need of structured residential and non-residential treatment for problematic substance use and high levels of problem behaviour. Particular focus on those with a dual diagnosis.



5. Mission Australia Ltd


Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Marginalised young people

Extension of drug intervention and treatment services within the overall Triple Care Farm progr am targeted at marginalised young people.



6.Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation


Chittaway Bay

Aboriginal people with severe dependence issues

Extend drug rehabilitation program and administration support for service targeting aboriginal people with severe dependence issues.



7. Odyssey House McGrath Foundation


Eagle Vale

Parents and children

Expedite assessment and treatment for children in families with drug dependence problems by employing a child development specialist.

$186,23 7


8. Ted Noffs 





Enhance existing services by adding a vocational training officer to staff. Primary aim is to increase the percentage of those who become engaged in vocational or educational activities and therefore reduce t he likelihood of relapse.



9. The Station Limited


Sydney central business district

Homeless people with dual diagnosis

Drug and alcohol treatment services for homeless people in the Sydney central business district. Extend current crisis and formal counselling services for those with drug and alcohol related problems, particularly those with a dual diagnosis.


10. Waverley Drug and Alcohol Centre




People in Bondi/ 

Waverley area

Increase part-time counsellor to fu ll time to enable organisation to operate at full capacity.



11. We Help Ourselves


Cessnock with outreach to North Coast


Expand existing service by establishing a satellite 20 bed residential rehabilitation service.



12. Wollongong Crisis Centre



People in Wollongong area

Increase staffing levels to secure the provision of existing residential services, meeting best practice guidelines and to develop ambulatory detoxification service.



13. Youth O ff The Streets




Dunlea Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Program offers an intensive 2-4 week residential program for young adults with a history of substance abuse. The program would include group workshops, counselling and case management aimed at reducing the impact associated with drug use.

$750,000 over 3 years


14. Ngwala Willumbong Cooperative Ltd



ATSI, offenders

To increase access for Aboriginal people to specialist mainstream services and prison alcohol and drug ser vices provided by Moreland Hall. An innovative partnership between an Aboriginal Cooperative and an established mainstream provider



15. Uniting Church Outreach Centre



Dual diagnosis

Employment of a drug and alcohol outreach psychi atric nurse to provide counselling consultancy and continuing care for clients exhibiting signs of dual diagnosis.



16. Inner South Community Health Service


St Kilda, Sth Melb, Port Melb, Prahran

Homeless, disabled,

An outreach approach to the provision of casework, counselling and consultancy services to people who are homeless, have psychiatric, intellectual and or physical disabilities, high levels of transience, chronic illness, financial liabilities, poor social skills and few family or community linkages.



17. Anglicare



Users and their families

Support training and treatment for the illicit drug users and their families



18. Sunbury Community Health Centre



Illicit drug users

Employment of a drug and alcohol worker for c ounselling and continuing care.



19. Upper Hume Community Health Service




Providing counselling, consultancy and continuing care for people on a methadone program and their families.



20. Youth Substance Abuse Servi ce Pty Ltd



Young people

Provision of a day program in Brunswick for young people aged between 12 and 21 years who are engaged in illicit, poly drug or volatile substance abuse and who have undergone preliminary intervention in the form of withdrawal or respite from their drug use



21. Buoyancy Foundation


Richmond Sth, Collingwood

Women with Children from Asian backgrounds

Project for severely drug affected women who are not participating in the drug or other service systems.

$197 ,000


22. Salvation Army Property Trust




Youth drug and alcohol outreach service based in Brunswick and servicing inner metro area..



23. Gold Coast AIDS Association & Injectors Newsline


Nobby Beach

Drug dependent perso ns wishing to reduce/cease drug consumption

Upgrade service provision to include a full-time addictions counsellor who will provide primary and secondary interventions.



24. Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corp for Alcohol and Drug Depe ndence Services


New Farm

Indigenous people from age 15 years

Extension of inpatient rehabilitation program to incorporate a halfway house for clients who have completed the program. Client needs assessment highlight the necessity of alcohol and drug free accommodation in the early stage of remission from substance abuse.



25. St Vincent’s Community Services


Fortitude Valley/ Sth Brisbane

Homeless men over 18 years

Upgraded treatment program to address the wider psychosocial aspects of i llicit drug dependence and to increase access of the target group to medical treatment. The service will provide:

  • A 4 bed in-patient, medically supervised detox with planned rehabilitation program;
  • Client-centred case management;
  • Access to domiciliary s ervices and drug rehab facilities;
  • Outreach/follow up support;
  • Educational and training programs.



26. Alcohol and Drug Foundation Qld


Spring Hill

Long term chronic and complex drug dependent people

Extension of the current program into w eekends and evenings, better access to admission assessment interviews, the re-establishment and extension of the Aftercare and follow-up support program, and a higher quality of research and evaluation.



27. Goldbridge Rehabilitation 




All drug dependent persons and their families

Increase staffing and coordination of current services.



28. Sunshine Coast Intravenous AIDS Association (SCIVVA)


Cotton Tree

Women with dependent children and youth

This project is modelled on the QuIVAA model and involves implementing a home-based, client-centred heroin detoxification service.



29. MAMU Medical Service Ltd



ATSI youth

A counselling, education and treatment service in the Innisfail/Tully a rea. Two full-time counsellors employed to provide counselling and education in substance abuse, particularly illicit drugs. At least one counsellor would be ATSI. Both counsellors would provide an outreach service for rural/remote communities and collect data on drug and alcohol use in the area.



30. Drug-Arm




This project will extend the existing mobile youth outreach service (Street Van) and is called the DRUG-ARM Community Response Team program. This new extension will com bine and expand the existing mobile street outreach program, the telephone and face to face services into an expanded and more responsive outreach program.



31. WA Substance Users Association



Illicit drug users

A full time treatm ent referral officer is to be integrated into local treatment strategies by channelling people who use illicit drugs, including those who do not otherwise access mainstream services. It will include compilation and updating of a resource manual on available treatment and support services.

A special condition will apply to this project which is: The referral officer will refer clients to appropriate treatment and counselling services which can assist them become drug free.



32. Perth City Mission


East Perth

Young offenders with substance abuse problems and their families

Expand the currently provided Prison to Parole Program for young offenders with substance misuse problems. The aim is to be able to include a parent sup port and education service so that parents can be integrated into the young offender’s rehabilitation and support post release. This will facilitate the holistic integration of the young person back into the family and wider community.



33. Seren ity Lodge



Individuals and families

Expand the current residential service to include non-residential illicit drugs intervention and prevention therapy programs for individuals and families. This will increase the number and range of treatment services that people can access in the region.



34. Holyoake




Expand the Prison to Parole Program. This aims to contribute to the reduction of recidivism rates by providing prisoners who have drug related issues assessment and brief counselling with the aim of engaging them in a drug treatment program in the community upon their release. The additional staffing will specifically take up the excess of illicit drug users currently seeking a service.


35. Drug Arm


Kelm scott

Young people between 12-20 years of age

This project will provide a safe place/time out centre for young people who are intoxicated and at risk in the south-east metropolitan area. The service will provide assessment, referral, observation, liaison, safety, information and advice. It will be a place where other youth agencies/police can bring young people to get sober and from where parents/referral agencies can collect them.


36. Agencies for South West Accommodation




To exp and the current Drug Information Counselling Service for young people in Bunbury and surrounding areas. The Service will provide for a full-time counselling position in Bunbury with outreach to Busselton, Margaret River and Harvey.



37. Midwest A lcohol Rehabilitation Service




To increase the capacity of the current residential facility which houses people who have completed the rehabilitation program but require additional support. The aim is to provide five more beds and increa se the available levels of support. It will also increase the education program geared to illicit drug use. This will require relocating the current offices and the employment of two extra personnel.


38. Cyrenian House



Women and indigenous people

To enhance the treatment options available to women and indigenous people by making provision for a gender specific and culturally appropriate service. Appointment of a women’s indigenous counsellor to spend 75% of his/her time in the community and women’s prison systems and the balance within Cyrenian House programs.


39. Salvation Army - Bridge Program



Participants and families

Counselling service based at Harry Hunter Centre to work with program participants and their families providing individual and family counselling, relationship and group counselling and parenting skills training. The aim is to provide counselling to families and problem users in a residential setting.


40. Holyoake



Women with yo ung children

Family based early intervention service from four community locations for illicit drug using women who have young children. The aim is to provide information and referral for the women and support for them in dealing with the parenting issues that arise from their drug taking.


41. Salvation Army




The project will employ two aboriginal workers for a 25 bed sobering up unit. The workers will provide culturally effective intervention and case management for aboriginal cli ents.


42. Adelaide Central Mission



Long-term unemployed, homeless

The service expansion will employ a qualified drug and alcohol counsellor to provide case work based counselling services and to conduct group education/information pr ograms.


43. Westcare




The project will provide an extra four Adventure Break Programs per year targeted at marginalised young people aged 13 to 25 years old that are subject to substance abuse and at extreme risk. The project will also conduct th ree Space to Move Programs per year that have been proven to be beneficial in educating and supporting young people in relation to drug issues.

$ 31,960


44. Adelaide Central Mission - Kuitpo Community



Parents with children

The proposal for ex pansion is to purchase two transportable houses and to furnish them appropriately. It is a residential program which allows adults to participate in the program and have their children live with them. This project was funded as a new service under the first instalment.


45. Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council SA Inc




Proposal to develop treatment strategies to address and reduce petrol sniffing and other drug use in remote Aboriginal communities.


46. Toora Wimmin’s Shelte r Inc



Women and their children

To expand counselling, self referral direct access and educational self-help groups, to develop an outreach service, and to expand and diversify training offered to service providers on the needs of women, including non-English speaking, indigenous and women with a disability, who are affected by illicit drug use.


47. Ted Noffs Foundation




The proposal is for a comprehensive, residential treatment program for adolescent substance abus ers. It would be based upon the Ted Noffs Foundation Program for Adolescent Life Management (PALM) and includes case management and behavioural skills training for adolescents and their families. This project will provide a service to youth in Canberra and the surrounding NSW region.


48. Your Place Inc



After hours service delivery

Your Place has identified a gap in Hobart for after hours service delivery. It employs two full-time outreach workers who provide specialist intervention a nd follow up after hours, with a mobile on-call service.

$272,712 over 3 years

49. Holyoake


New Town

Young People

This project will provide three targeted programs for youth which aim to both break the cycle of alcohol and/or drug use and form an effe ctive alternative to youth sentencing. Youth will be referred through magistrates, self-referral or family referral. Programs are to be conducted on site at Holyoake and will provide a combination of counselling, information and support activity in individual and group settings. The programs will be in a non-residential setting.

$ 206,005

50. AIDS Council of Northern Territory



Illicit drug users

The Council will extend its current support and treatment opportunities for illicit drug users, exp and its operations to the outer Darwin area and increase awareness of Hepatitis C. It will employ an outreach worker whose time will mostly be spent in direct client contact.


51. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Inc


Alice Springs


T o operate a mobile street based youth outreach and counselling service through the employment of a team consisting of a Coordinator and Aboriginal Youth Outworkers (funded elsewhere) and a Psychologist. The team will provide brief interventions, referrals, counselling and follow-up care.