Reconciliation Action Plan Development

SANDAS developed a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. A Reflect RAP will lay the foundations and prepare SANDAS for future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives. A Reflect RAP is a public commitment and can be viewed here.

SANDAS is committed to working towards a reconciled Australia where the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be treated with dignity and respect and their rights to Voice, Treaty and Truth will be recognised and enacted. We want to see Australia become a nation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are truly valued. We wish to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to remediate the harms of the past and work to see social inequalities eradicated.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan, or RAP, details how SANDAS is committed to help reduce the gap in living standards between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians, especially for those affected by their own or a loved one’s substance use.

The plan follows Reconciliation Australia’s well-established themes of relationships, respect and opportunities, which aligns with our own organisational values which focus on health and wellbeing, evidence, lived experience, collaboration and representation..

Developed with our Board, staff, member representatives and Reconciliation Australia, the SANDAS Reflect RAP for 2023-2024 is a roadmap for implementing lasting change. It includes commitments to action on a number of fronts, including cultural awareness, supporting member organisations to develop policies that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses through procurement activities.

During the next 12-18 months we will implement our Reflect RAP commitments.

Our Executive Officer, Michael White is our nominated RAP Coordinator. He is supported by a RAP Reference Working Group.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please contact Michael at


National Ice Action Strategy

SANDAS has been committed to ongoing advocacy and representation as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Ice Action Strategy. This includes our submission to the National Ice Taskforce , and representation at a number of forums and hearings in relation to the concerning rise in harms associated with the use of crystal methamphetamine.

The final report of the National Ice Taskforce has resulted in a commitment by the federal government of $241m for drug and alcohol treatment services, to be commissioned by the Primary Health Networks. SANDAS continues to work with the two South Australian Primary Health Networks, representing the needs of the Alcohol and Other Drug NGO sector in consultation processes.

National AOD Peaks Network

The Alcohol and Other Drug Peak Bodies in each state work together to achieve national representation on a number of issues affecting the AOD Treatment Sector. Joining SANDAS on this network are:

Australian Capital Territory – Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)

New South Wales – Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA)

Northern Territory – Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT 

Queensland – Queensland Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (QNADA)

Tasmania – Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drugs Council Tas Inc (ATDC)

Victoria – Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA)

Western Australia – Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)

Peaks Capacity Building Network

The Peaks Capacity Building Network forms part of the ongoing collaboration between the Australian State and Territory AOD peak organisations, who have been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and to build the capacity of their members, in particular around the issue of responding to co-morbidities of AOD and Mental Health.

The group is intended to facilitate collaboration, knowledge and information sharing on an ongoing basis with the view to strengthen NGO sector capacity, reduce duplication and further common strategic interests. The network acts as a forum to discuss issues and provide input into the future directions, funding and activities of capacity building actions in the NGO AOD sector.

The intended aims of the PCBN are to:

  • Respond to opportunities where collaboration adds value to national capacity building activity
    • Support relevant program and operational interests between the peaks
    • Foster innovation and unique solutions to national capacity building activity
    • Contribute to maintaining a long term relationship between the peaks

An evaluation of the Peaks’ Capacity Building Activities was undertaken in 2014 and published in May 2015. The Final Report can be downloaded here.

Review of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services Sector

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has undertaken a strategic, whole of system review of the drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services sector.

The review, headed by Professor Alison Ritter and completed in 2012, was intended to achieve the following:

  • clarity as to the range of services currently funded, their distribution and the demographic groups targeted by these services
  • a common understanding amongst governments and the sector of current and future service needs and where there may be service gaps, either in relation to service type, geographic area and/or demographic groups
  • clarity as to the type and timing of drug and alcohol funding activities undertaken by governments
  • the development of a resource/tools to help focus future government funding activities to ensure existing levels of resources (and any growth funding) are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to deliver quality, sustainable drug and alcohol services that respond to the needs of individuals, families and communities.

The AOD peaks were heavily involved in this process, facilitating forums and focus groups to provide information to the review and were represented on the advisory committee by QNADA and ATDC.

The final report was published in 2015, and is available for download here.

We will endeavour to update the projects as the information becomes available, so please bookmark this page to ensure you don’t miss out on any important news!

For further information about SA aspects of these project please contact:

Michael White, Executive Officer,

Sam Raven, Senior Project and Policy Officer


Since 2008, SANDAS has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to support Non-Government Organisations providing Alcohol and Other Drug Services in South Australia to build capacity to work with clients who have co-existing substance misuse and mental health issues. This project focuses on professional development, provision of networking opportunities, and working with members and other organisations to improve partnerships and collaboration between the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors. This project funding has now been extended to 30 June 2026.

For more information on this project please contact Senior Policy & Project Officer Sam Raven at or


Instigated by SANDAS and funded by DASSA this project has delivered  a document that describes the AOD treatment and service delivery sector in South Australia.

The framework document will be used to increase understanding of the AOD sector and treatment pathways within other areas that work with AOD clients for example justice, primary health and mental health. It will also be a useful tool for strategic planning and staff training within the AOD sector. Further it will provide a strong platform to inform projects on treatment outcomes measures.

A project reference group provided expert input for this project from Centacare, Community Access and Services SA (CASSA), Uniting Communities, Aboriginal Sobriety Group, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, Life Without Barriers, OARS Community Transitions, SANDAS, Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA), the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), and the Primary Health Networks.

Consultation for this project occurred via:

  • A project reference group with industry representatives
  • A convention in October 2017 to workshop shared aims and principles, and elements of treatment service delivery
  • An online survey for organisations providing alcohol and other drug treatments
  • Meetings with organisations in the sector
  • A forum in early 2018 to review the draft document

The completed document can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

The SA Specialist Alcohol & Other Drug Treatment Service Delivery Framework