Is it right for us?

The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program supports communities to work together to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs.

Learn more about the program and decide if it’s right for your community.

Who can apply

The LDAT Program is open to all communities across Australia that are wanting to address alcohol and other drug issues. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation accepts applications from a range of organisations. These include local councils, health centres, youth services, employment agencies, sports teams, schools, businesses, police among many others. At a minimum, applicants must:

  • be a legal entity in Australia
  • be willing to partner with at least two other organisations to form a Local Drug Action Team
  • have the capability to auspice the Local Drug Action Team themselves, or a partner that can.

Organisations from across different sectors are encouraged to apply. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation can support organisations that don’t have expertise or experience in the alcohol and drug field.

Download this checklist to determine your communities readiness to apply.

New teams wishing to join the LDAT Program need to understand what’s involved in developing their own Community Action Plan. Download this practical guide to understand what’s involved.


Priority areas

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation reviews all applications for funding, but priority is given to projects that:

  • focus on preventing alcohol and drug problems before they occur (please note that treatment programs are not eligible)
  • are community-driven, with strong community consultation and engagement
  • demonstrate collaboration and partnerships with local community partners
  • are informed by evidence, and responsive to local data and need.
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Are you ready for success?

You’ve decided that the LDAT Program is the right fit for your community, but are you ready for success? Consider the following questions to identify if your organisation, partners and community are ready to succeed in the LDAT Program.

  1. Are you committed to preventing alcohol and other drug harms in your community?
  2. Do you have leadership/management level support for the project?
  3. Have you identified the alcohol and other drugs related issue that you want to address in your community? For information about identifying your local issue follow the guidance in identifying alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues.
  4. Have you engaged your local community in identifying issues and developing projects before? For information about community engagement follow the guidance in community consultation.
  5. Does your group have capacity to work with other organisations and engage in a community-led approach? For information about building partnerships follow the guidance in working with community partners.
  6. Have you worked using evidence-based approaches to prevent alcohol and other drug issues before? The projects and activities toolkits provide step-by-step guides to deliver evidence-informed projects.


Please get in touch to find out more about the program
Please get in touch to find out more about the program