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Alcohol and Drug Foundation - Local Government Prevention Capacity and Infrastructure Survey - Circular 36.10

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Date 5 September 2019
Contact Belinda Caruana
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Summary Is your council part of a Local Drug Action Team? If so, this circular advises of the free survey the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) can offer your council area to build alcohol and other drug prevention capacity and infrastructure.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The ADF was founded in 1959 and continues to support prevention and minimise alcohol and other drug related harms through information provision, education, health promotion, community action, policy development, advocacy, and research in communities across the country. 

Invitation for councils with a Local Drug Action Team

The Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) program is funded under the Australian Government’s National Ice Action Strategy. Since 2017, the ADF have implemented the program, which provides a platform and suite of resources to help communities develop and deliver evidence informed social change projects that prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms and issues. 

There are 21 communities involved in the program in South Australia and the following council areas currently have a Local Drug Action Team delivering important prevention activities in the community: 

  • City of Onkaparinga
  • The District Council of Peterborough
  • The Barossa Council
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • District Council of Coober Pedy
  • City of Port Lincoln
  • City of Charles Sturt
  • Regional Council of Port Pirie
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Berri Bamera Council
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • District Council of Grant
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • Tatiara District Council
  • District Council of Yankalilla
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Wakefield regional Council
  • City of Playford
  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Salisbury
  • Alexandrina Council
  • Town of Gawler
  • City of Whyalla

Local Government Prevention Capacity and Infrastructure Survey

If you are one of the above council's involved in the LDAT program, the ADF is pleased to provide you with an opportunity to participate in an exclusive community health research project. 

This project is being undertaken in September 2019 and no financial contribution from your organisation is required. 

The Local Government Prevention Capacity and Infrastructure Survey is being delivered as part of the Local Drug Action Team Program across Australia, thanks to the relationship that the ADF has forged with Planet Youth - Iceland’s highly successful alcohol and other drug prevention initiative.

Participation in the survey will give your council access to Planet Youth’s research experts who will use their proven methodology to analyse your council’s data and provide you with:

  • a confidential insights report;
  • an aggregated national insights report; and
  • an overall Prevention Index ranking.

The outcomes from the survey will provide information to help your council and the local community identify where efforts can be best directed to meet current priorities related to prevention work; as well as identify potential evidence-based solutions to build alcohol and other drug prevention capacity and infrastructure in the future. 

Furthermore, your participation includes a follow up survey and analysis in two years' time so you can track progress and identify emerging opportunities. 

 How to get started:

Identify a central survey coordinator within your organisation who the ADF can liaise with. Their role will be to complete general survey questions and recruit the appropriate people to answer questions in two specialist areas:

  • about demand reduction activities such as community-based prevention; and,
  • about supply, control and planning issues such as liquor licensing matters, for example.

Convey your endorsement (or management support) of this activity to those nominated to complete the survey.  In total all online modules should take no more than 60 minutes combined to complete. 

The survey can also be completed in multiple sittings to accommodate time availability. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to utilise the ADFs resources. Furthermore, this project can be considered as a key initiative of your Regional Public Health Plan.

Please contact Sally Underdown at or 0410 415 848 to confirm your participation and share your nominated coordinator’s contact details (name; role; email and phone) by 18 September 2019 to ensure we can include your Council in the September survey. 


If you want to learn more about the ADF, Planet Youth or other ADF initiatives and how they can work with your council, please contact Sally or visit

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