Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund

The Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund provides a flexible funding pool for services that treat substance misuse, including programs that target Indigenous Australians.

Page last updated: 23 December 2015

The objective of the fund is to better promote and support treatment services across Australia to provide better outcomes for individuals and communities affected by alcohol and drug misuse.
The fund priority areas are:

  • Supporting non-government drug and alcohol treatment services to deliver quality, evidence based services and build capacity to effectively identify and treat coinciding mental illness and substance misuse (comorbidity) through activities such as workforce training, front line service delivery, education, development of partnerships with the broader health sectors, and dissemination of best practice policies and procedures that support the identification and management of clients experiencing comorbidity
  • Assisting Indigenous communities to provide service delivery in alcohol and other drug treatment through
    • delivery of an Indigenous alcohol and other drug workforce
    • improving health outcomes through education programs and
    • developing quality evidence based and culturally secure resources around substance misuse for Indigenous communities
  • Supporting those services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to increase the effectiveness of, and access to, drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services, including those in rural and remote areas
  • Reducing the prevalence and impact of petrol sniffing by continuing to support the supply of low aromatic fuel to existing sites and expanding the roll out to sites in the Top End of the Northern Territory, East Kimberley in Western Australia and the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York regions of Queensland
  • Supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including improving the capacity of treatment services to deliver culturally appropriate care, and providing people from CALD backgrounds with access to treatment services and
  • Supporting the development and implementation of a range of social marketing campaigns.
Organisations currently allocated funding

Funding arrangements beyond 30 June 2016

As a part of the Commonwealth Government's response to the final report from the National Ice Taskforce, Minister Nash announced an extension of funding to alcohol and other drug treatment organisations currently funded under the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund and Non Government Organisation Treatment Grants Programme at the existing 2015-16 funding level for a further 12 months.

During this time, the Government will give further consideration to the recommendations of the final report of the National Ice Taskforce and the review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector.

New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health commissioned a strategic, whole of system review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector that was undertaken between July 2013 and July 2014.

The review sought to clarify current Australian drug and alcohol treatment funding processes; current and future service needs; the gap between met and unmet demand; and planning and funding processes for the future.

The review included two reports: New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia and the Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Treatment Service Sector: Harnessing Good Intentions.

The review aimed to deliver:

  • a shared understanding of current drug and alcohol treatment funding
  • a set of planned and coordinated funding processes for future Commonwealth AOD funding rounds and
  • documentation to inform future Commonwealth funding processes which articulate with state/territory approaches and respond to the needs of individuals, families and their communities.
New Horizons identified a lack of clarity around the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and a need for further analysis and feasibility work to be conducted collaboratively. The department has commenced consultations with the states and territories to progress this collaborative approach.

PDF version of report: New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia (PDF 3814 KB large file)
PDF version of appendices: New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia - Appendices (PDF 1087 KB large file)

Harnessing Good Intentions is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.

The Study of Patient Pathways in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment.

The Department of Health commissioned Eastern Health, trading as Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, to undertake a study of essential health services and systems that will provide information on current drug and alcohol systems, client pathways through care, and inter-system connectivity, particularly hospitals, and the specialist/community and primary care sectors. A copy of the final report is at the below link.

PDF version: The Study of Patient Pathways in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (PDF 1808 KB large file)
Word version: The Study of Patient Pathways in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (Word 1008 KB large file)

If you require the appendices for this report, please email Turning Point.