Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ANACAD)

The Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ANACAD) was established in December 2014 as the principal expert advisory body to the Australian Government on issues relating to alcohol and drugs.

Page last updated: 26 September 2018

ANACAD reports directly to the Minister responsible for drugs and alcohol policy within the Health portfolio.

Membership of the Council

Membership of the ANACAD comprises of experts from a wide range of areas relating to drugs and alcohol.

Name of member
Type of membership
Mrs Kay Hull
Professor Steve Allsop
Deputy Chair
Associate Professor Robert Ali
Mr John Rogerson
Ms Donna Ah Chee
Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton
Ms Jo Baxter
Mr Frank Quinlan
Detective Superintendent Anthony Fleming
Dr James Fitzpatrick
Associate Professor James Ward
Ms Rebecca Lang
Dr Nicole Lee
Mr Jack Nagle
Dr Elizabeth Deveny

Terms of Reference

Role of the Council

The Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ANACAD) will:
  1. Support the Australian Government by providing confidential, strategic, evidence-based advice on:
    1. Alcohol and other drug (AOD) trends;
    2. Identified priorities of national importance, and
    3. AOD issues among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.
  2. Advise on policy and practice implementation and evaluation strategies that provide short-term demonstrable gains; and longer-term strategies that impact the AOD pipeline.
  3. Advise and support the Australian Government’s contribution to the National Drug Strategy and accompanying national frameworks.
  4. Provide advice on AOD prevention and education activity, including activities to be progressed through the National Drugs Campaign.
  5. Report to the Australian Government through the portfolio Minister with policy responsibility for AOD policy issues (‘the Minister’).
  6. The ANACAD will provide an annual report to the Minister.
  7. The ANACAD will engage as appropriate with Indigenous experts on AOD issues.

ANACAD Summary of Activities

2017-2018 summary
2016-2017 summary
2015-2016 summary over the period of December 2014 to 30 June 2016.

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