Is it right for us?

The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program enables communities to better work together to deliver evidence-informed activities that prevent and minimise the harm caused by 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 in Australia wanting to prevent and minimise 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 working in the alcohol and other drug field.

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-related 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 and minimising alcohol and other drug-related harms in your community?
  2. Do you have leadership/management level support to form a LDAT and deliver alcohol and other drug-related harm prevention activities?
  3. Have you considered the alcohol and other drugs-related issue/s that need to be addressed in your community?
  4. Have you engaged your local community in identifying issues and developing activities to address these issues before?
  5. Does your group have capacity to work with other community organisations and engage in a community-led approach?
  6. Have you worked using evidence-based approaches to prevent alcohol and other drug issues before?

The Building Successful Local Drug Action Teams – A Practical Guide provides information to help LDATs be successful in the Program. The Guide assists LDATs and their partners to identify alcohol and other drug issues, engage and consult community to explore and understand the identified issues further, and to build the right partnerships with community organisations. This will support LDATs in developing a Community Action Plan and delivering a successful activity to address their local issues.