AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DRUGS (ANCD)
The ANCD was established in 1998 as the principal advisory body to the Prime Minister and the Federal Government on drug and alcohol policy. It plays a critical role in ensuring the views of the many sectors involved in addressing drug and alcohol problems, as well as the community, are heard.
The ANCD membership includes members from both the non-government and government drug, alcohol and related sectors including treatment, medicine, research, law enforcement, Indigenous health, local government, education, mental health, consumers, and the magistracy from around Australia. It is through this diverse membership, that the ANCD has the capacity to access an extensive range of expertise throughout the sector and the community.
The ANCD provides independent, strategic advice to government on priorities for policy development, emerging licit and illicit drug use issues and measures by which these can be addressed. An important component of the ANCD’s work is to also ensure that policies, strategies and directions in the drug and alcohol field are consistent with the National Drug Strategy.