Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009: consultation paper
Cross sectoral approaches
The National Drug Strategy has clear links with a number of current policy priorities and agendas including in the areas of social inclusion, health and hospitals reform, indigenous disadvantage, early childhood and family, homelessness, employment and preventative health. The challenge in developing the next phase of Australia’s National Drug Strategy will be to coordinate with these complementary areas of work.
The current policy environment strongly encourages the coordination of efforts across governments and sectors to seek more comprehensive and effective solutions. Whole of government responses are particularly suitable for complex and longstanding policy issues as they focus on coordination and integration across different sectors. This is particularly important for tobacco, alcohol and other drug issues given their wide ranging impacts across law enforcement, health, licensing, local government, transport and other sectors.
Partnerships and linkages among law enforcement, health, education, community services, welfare, housing sectors, local governments, non-government organisations and academia will assist in ensuring a person-centred approach.
The illicit drug market within Australia is not constrained by Commonwealth, State or Territory jurisdictional boundaries. In recognising that whole of government responses are an effective mechanism for addressing complex and longstanding policy issues, the development of a coordinated and consistent approach with respect to legislative control and the regulation of illicit drugs and their precursors is an important consideration.
How can structures and processes under the National Drug Strategy more effectively engage with sectors outside health, law enforcement and education?
Which sectors will be particularly important for the National Drug Strategy to engage with?
One of the ways in which the IGCD and MCDS have drawn on external expertise is through the National Expert Advisory Committee (NEAP). The NEAP is a panel of relevant multidisciplinary experts who the IGCD and MCDS are able to be called on to provide advice and assist with the implementing and progressing national priorities.
Could the IGCD and MCDS more effectively access external expert advice and if so, how?