Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum

On 11 December 2015, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to Recommendation 32 of the National Ice Taskforce’s Final Report, endorsing the implementation of a new Ministerial Forum to oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of Australia’s national drug policy frameworks, including the National Ice Action Strategy (NIAS) from 2016.

Page last updated: 21 February 2018

The Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum is co-Chaired by the Commonwealth Ministers with portfolio responsibility for alcohol and other drugs (AOD), and justice/law enforcement.

Membership consists of two Ministers from each jurisdiction, one each from the health/community services portfolios (with AOD policy responsibilities) and one from the justice/law enforcement portfolios.

The Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have a shared responsibility to build safe and healthy communities through the collaborative delivery and implementation of national strategic frameworks to reduce AOD related harms for all Australians.

The Forum will be supported by the National Drug Strategy Committee (NDSC) in the implementation and monitoring of these national strategic frameworks.

National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026

As a sub-strategy of the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026, the National Alcohol Strategy is overseen by the Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum. The Forum consists of Ministers from across Australia with responsibility for alcohol and other drug policy from the health and justice / law enforcement portfolios from each jurisdiction.

On 27 November 2017, members agreed that the draft National Alcohol Strategy will undergo a public consultation process to further inform the strategic direction and priorities of the Strategy.

An online submission process closed on 11 February 2018. Submissions are now being considered.

The National Alcohol Strategy will be revised and considered by Ministers at their next meeting in 2018.

Consultation Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 (PDF 1020 KB)

Please email any queries to nationaldrugstrategy@health.gov.au.

Summary

The National Alcohol Strategy outlines Australia’s agreed approach to preventing and minimising alcohol-related harms.

The National Alcohol Strategy provides a national framework and highlights a number of opportunities for action under each of the priority areas of focus. These opportunities are examples of activities or initiatives that could be considered at either local, jurisdictional (state and territory) or national levels, including a mix of broad population approaches and targeted approaches.

Current Communique

27 November 2017 – Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum Communique (PDF 23 KB)
27 November 2017 – Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum Communique (Word 23 KB)

Previous Meetings

29 May 2017 - Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum Communique (PDF 71 KB)
29 May 2017 - Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum Communique (Word 20 KB)

16 December 2016 - Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum Communique (PDF 134 KB)
16 December 2016 - Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Forum Communique (Word 23 KB)

National Drug Strategy 2017-2026

For the first time, Australia has a long-term framework for reducing and preventing the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs through the agreement of a ten-year National Drug Strategy. This is a national strategic framework built on the principles of partnerships, coordination and collaboration, national direction and jurisdictional implementation, and evidence-informed responses.

National Drug Strategy 2017–2026 (PDF 1676 KB)
National Drug Strategy 2017–2026 (Word 239 KB)

To order a hard copy of the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 from National Mailing and Marketing quote the product code DS0075.

Sub-strategies of the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026

There are a number of sub-strategies that sit under the National Drug Strategy 2017-2026. These sub-strategies provide direction and context for specific issues, while maintaining the overarching consistent and coordinated approach to addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems:

Principles that Underpin the Current Policy and Regulatory Approach to Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigarettes) in Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health has developed national guiding principles for e-cigarettes in collaboration with states and territories. The guiding principles reflect the precautionary approach being taken by governments to e-cigarettes and affirm that the current policy and regulatory approach to these products remains appropriate.

Principles that Underpin the Current Policy and Regulatory Approach to Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigarettes) in Australia

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