National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

National Drug Strategic Framework

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The National Drug Strategic Framework provides a vision and direction for governments and non-government organisations in developing strategies and allocating resources for the prevention and reduction of the harmful effects of substance use on Australian society.

The principle of harm minimisation has formed the basis of the National Drug Strategy since 1985. Australia implements a comprehensive and balanced approach between the reduction of supply, demand and harm associated with the use of drugs across sectors and jurisdictions.

In November 1998, after extensive community, industry, government and non-government sector consultation, the National Drug Strategic Framework (NDSF) 1998-99 to 2003-2004 was endorsed. The NDSF was followed by the National Drug Strategy 2004-2009 which provided a framework for a coordinated, integrated approach to drug issues in the Australian community.

On 25 February 2011 the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 was endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy.

Links to reports and key strategies

  • National Drug Strategy 2010-2015
  • National Drug Strategy: Australia's Integrated Framework 2004-2009
  • Evaluation of the National Drug Strategic Framework (NDSF) 1998-99 - 2003-04

    Links to information on other strategies
  • National Action Plan on Illicit Drugs 2001 to 2002-03
  • National Alcohol Strategy
  • National Cannabis Strategy
  • National Drug Strategy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Complementary Action Plan 2003-2006
  • National Heroin Overdose Strategy
  • National Tobacco Strategy

    See also the publications page for specific NDS strategy publications.

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