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: 16 April 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 2015

On 31 March 2015, Minister Nash announced the continuation of funding to organisation funded under NGOTGP at the existing 2014-15 level for a further 12 months.

The 12 month extension of funding will allow services to continue treating and supporting patients. It will also allow the Commonwealth time to consider the outcomes of the Review of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services Sector and consult with the State and Territories on the longer term approach to Commonwealth funding of the sector.

The Review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector

The Australian Government Department of Health (the Department) has undertaken a strategic, whole of system review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector (the Review).

The Review final report 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.

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.