About the LDAT program

The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program supports community organisations to reduce harms from alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in their local area.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF), funded by the Australian Government, works with LDATs helping them to build or extend local partnerships, and develop and deliver evidence-based activities where it matters the most - at the grassroots, community level.

No community is the same and we know that locally-led responses are the most effective when it comes to addressing the challenges of alcohol and other drugs.

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An LDAT is a group of organisations who form a partnership to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues in their local community.

LDATs must have a lead organisation for governance purposes as well as at least two community organisation partners. This can be any mix of schools, educational institutions, health workers, police, community organisations, businesses or local government who unite to drive a community-led response focussing on AOD prevention.

Partnerships within an LDAT are imperative to the success of the activities and longevity of the LDAT.

Key elements for a successful LDAT include:

  • Strength of partnerships: Long term partners with extensive experience of working together.
  • Capacity: One partner is providing fully funded 'backbone' coordination resources for the activity.
  • Alignment: LDAT program activity goals are embedded in objectives of the major partner organisations.
  • Breadth: The LDAT activity is being delivered as part of a comprehensive AOD primary prevention program.
  • Engagement: Strong understanding of local needs, values and priorities through comprehensive community consultation and analysis.

LDATs are able to apply for funding (average is $20,000) to help them deliver their approved Community Action Plan (CAP) and implement evidence-based activities in their community.

A CAP is a plan that defines the scope of the activity and establishes clear evaluation measures to understand if the activity has had an impact.

A CAP defines the target audience and key issues a community aims to address, describes the actions to be undertaken and demonstrates how these connect to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harms.

The planning, delivery & evaluation of at least one CAP is a requirement for all LDATs.

In addition to funding received through the program, LDATs can further collaborate with more partners to support the delivery of their CAP through 'in-kind' support and other expertise.

Harnessing community action

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

The LDAT program uses the strength of community partnerships, local knowledge and commitment to boost the factors that we know protect against community harms from AOD and, at the same time, reduce risk factors that have been shown to increase harms.

Protective and Risk Factors

Factors that protect against alcohol and other drug-related harms include:

  • social connection
  • education
  • safe and secure housing
  • a sense of belonging to a community.

Factors that increase the risk of alcohol and other drug-related harms include:

  • high availability of drugs
  • low levels of social cohesion
  • unstable housing
  • socioeconomic disadvantage.

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 for addressing alcohol and other drug-related harms are community-based
  • it creates change that is responsive to local needs
  • it increases community ownership and leads to more sustainable change.

Supporting resources

Over the past four years the LDAT program has developed a solid footprint of partnerships with communities across Australia, evolving and adapting to support LDATs now with more than 1530 partner organisations nationally.

More than 590 Community Action Plans have been delivered, addressing locally identified AOD-related issues through evidence-based approaches.

Priority populations for CAPs

  • 71.5% have focused on youth
  • 52% are being delivered in regional or remote areas of Australia
  • >25% have focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • 10% have focused on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
  • 1.5% have focused on LGBTQI+.

Supporting resources


The Local Drug Action Team Program is funded by the Australian Government and is being implemented across Australia

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