National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

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MCDS was discontinued on 30 June 2011.

Under the Framework, the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS) functions as the peak policy and decision-making body in relation to licit and illicit drugs in Australia. The Council is represented by the Australian and State and Territory Ministers of Health and Law Enforcement, including the Minister responsible for Education. The role of the Council is to determine national policies and programs intended to reduce drug related harm within the Australian community.

The Ministerial Council is supported by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD). The IGCD provides policy advice to Ministers on the full range of drug-related matters and is responsible for implementing the National Drug Strategic Framework. This Committee consists of senior officers representing health and law enforcement in each Australian jurisdiction and people with expertise in identified priority areas including representatives of the Australian Customs Service, the Ministerial Council on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and the Department of Education, Science and Training.

The Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy meets twice a year, usually in May and November and a Communique of the outcomes of the meeting is made publicly available.

Objectives of the MCDS

The objectives of the MCDS are to: