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

  • reports directly to the minister responsible for drugs and alcohol policy within the Health portfolio
  • provides confidential advice to the minister on current and emerging drug and alcohol issues

The Terms of Reference state that ANACAD will:

  1. support the Australian Government by providing confidential, strategic, evidence-based advice on:
    1. alcohol and other drug trends 
    2. identified priorities of national importance
    3. alcohol and other drug 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 alcohol and other drug pipeline
  3. advise and support the Australian Government’s contribution to the National Drug Strategy  and accompanying national frameworks
  4. provide advice on alcohol and other drug prevention and education activity, including activities to be progressed through the National Drugs Campaign
  5. report to the Australian Government through the minister 
  6. provide an annual report to the minister
  7. engage as appropriate with Indigenous experts on alcohol and other drug issues


ANACAD members are experts with experience relating to drugs and alcohol.

Name Role

Mrs Kay Hull


Professor Steve Allsop

Deputy Chair

Associate Professor Robert Ali


Mr John Rogerson


Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton


Ms Jo Baxter


Mr Frank Quinlan


Dr James Fitzpatrick


Ms Rebecca Lang


Dr Nicole Lee


Mr Jack Nagle


Mr Joe Coyte Member
Associate Professor Pattie Hudson Observer

Summary of activities

Commissioned reports

University of Sydney's Matilda Centre

The University of Sydney's Matilda Centre have published a series of resources for the public about substance use and dependence. ANACAD commissioned the following reports:

  • Universal primary prevention of alcohol and drug use and related harms: An overview of reviews
  • Community impact on liquor licensing decisions: Barriers and recommendations

National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

The National Drug & Alcohol Research (NDARC) Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have released the following report commissioned by ANACAD:

For Purpose

For Purpose have released the following report commissioned by ANACAD:

Monash University

Monash University have released the following report commissioned by ANACAD:

Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED)

SEED at Deakin University has released the following report commissioned by ANACAD:

Last updated: 
23 December 2021