Local Drug Action Team Program overview

The Local Drug Action Team Program supports communities to work together to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.

Prevent Alcohol and Drugs use

Applications to join the LDAT Program are now open. Any organisations and community groups interested in joining the Program, should submit their online application by no later than Friday 7 December 2018.

If you are interested, have read the information available but still have questions or are unsure if the program is right for you, we’d suggest submitting an Expression of Interest as a first step. A member of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) Team will then get in touch with you to discuss next steps. The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program supports community organisations to work in partnership to develop and deliver activities that help prevent or minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs. LDATs work together, and with the community, to identify the issue they want to tackle, and to develop and implement an evidence informed plan for action.

The ADF provides a number of practical resources to assist LDATs to deliver these evidence-informed activities, including toolkits which provide step-by-step instructions. The community grants component of the Local Drug Action Team Program may provide funding to support this work.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have a range of resources to support Local Drug Action Teams, including a suite of toolkits which provide step-by-step instructions to deliver locally tailored, evidence-informed activities.

Community groups have a diverse range of skills and experience – some may benefit from all of the information on this site, while others will be more familiar with how to drive community-based action to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harms.

The toolkits were designed with this in mind, as stand-alone resources which can be accessed as needed.

LDAT program process

The Local Drug Action Team Program process

The Local Drug Action Team Program is funded by the Australian Government and is being implemented across Australia. By 2020, there will be over 220 communities actively involved.

Australian Fedral Government


The power of community action

Community-based action is powerful in preventing and minimising harm from alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol and other drug-related harms are mediated by a number of factors – those that protect against risk, and those that increase risk. For example, factors that protect against alcohol and other drug-related harms include social connection, education, safe and secure housing, and a sense of belonging to a community. Factors that increase risk of alcohol and other drug-related harms include high availability of drugs, low levels of social cohesion, unstable housing, and socioeconomic disadvantage. Most of these factors are found at the community level and must be targeted at this level for change.

Alcohol and other drugs are a community issue, not just an individual issue. Community action to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harms is effective because:

  • the solutions and barriers (protective/risk factors) for addressing alcohol and other drug-related harm are community-based
  • it creates change that is responsive to local needs
  • it increases community ownership and leads to more sustainable change.

Already reviewed the LDAT Program eligibility information or spoken to the ADF Team and know your organisation or community group meets the criteria? Then you are ready to start your Application.