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June 23, 2017

LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAM GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have launched the latest round of small grants to develop Local Drug Action Teams (LDATS).  Local Drug Action Teams allow communities for form partnerships and work collaboratively to prevent alcohol and other drug related harms.  The LDATs have been funded as a part of the Australian Government's National Ice Action Strategy.  The grant round opened on the 1st of June, and closes on Friday 14th of July so now is the time to plan your community's response.


Find out more about the ADF Local Drug Action Team Grants

 

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January 23, 2015

FEBFAST 2015 - GET HEALTHY AND HELP DOVETAIL AT THE SAME TIME!

Would a break from alcohol, nicotine, sugar, junk food or social media overload make you feel healthier and more in control of your life? FebFast is a charity that raises money to fight youth substance dependence by challenging you to refrain from your favourite vice for just 28 days - and this year Dovetail has been selected as one of its beneficiaries!  Yes that's right, just by abstaining for the shortest month of the year you can feel a whole lot healthier (not to mention smug and morally superior) AND help us to raise funds to develop, print and distribute a toolkit for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Queensland.  And to raise the stakes, Dovetail's very own Jeff Buckley has promised to give up alcohol not just for the month - but for the whole entire year! (OMG what did you just say?).  Yes, if Jeff can do a year, surely you can do a piddly 28 days?  They also offer office challenges (sorry Cam, Leigh and Ben, you should have returned from holidays earlier to have averted this huh?).

 

Sign up at the FebFast website here

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November 21, 2014

FUND ASSIST

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University has published a new resourced titled "Fund Assist", designed to help non-government AOD organisations develop funding applications.  The online resource contains a database of potenial funding sources, group activities designed to build organisational capacity, identify community needs, determine objectives and outcomes and write high quality funding applications.

Go to the Fund Assist website

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September 26, 2014

FUNDING AVAILABLE: DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT REFERRAL COURSE

The Queensland Health Funding and Contract Management Unit is inviting non-government alcohol and other drug services to apply for funds to operate the "Drug and Alcohol Assessment Referral Course" which is a part of the "Safe night out strategy".  The program involves providing a one-off assessment, brief intervention and referral (where appropriate) to adults aged over 18 who are "adversely affected by an intoxicating substance" and are charged with and released on bail for one or more of the following offences, committed in a public place: Affray, Grievous bodily harm, Wounding, Common assault, Assault occasioning bodily harm, Serious assault - police officer, Serious assault - public officers and / or Offence to assault or obstruct police officer.  Funding is also available for the statewide coordination service to facilitate the appointments.

Find out more information at the Q Tenders website.

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August 22, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITIES FUNDING AVAILABLE

The Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has announced funding available for two significant outcomes of the recent review of child protection services in Queensland.  The Department is inviting services to submit offers for the "Child Safety - Community Based Intake and Referral services" and also "Child Safety - Intensive Family Support Services".  The "Community Based Intake and Referral" services are designed to provide an information, assessment and referral service for vulnerable families including assessing the safety and support needs of children, young people and families.  The "Intensive Family Support Services" involves the delivery of services to vulnerable families with multiple or complex needs.

For more information go to the Department of Communities Funding Website.

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May 16, 2014

QUEENSLAND DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES "YOUTH RENEWAL"

The Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has announced they are refocusing their funding of youth agencies in line with the directions set out in the Queensland Youth Strategy. The department has identified 3 service types that existing funded services are to transition to: Access Services, Support Services and Integrated Response Services. The department will implement the new approach in two trial regions first (North Coast and Central Queensland) from May 2014, with all remaining services to transition by the end of 2015.

For more information go to the "Department of Communities - Better services for young Queenslanders"

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May 16, 2014

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS IN THE 2014 FEDERAL BUDGET

The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) has published their "2014 Federal Budget Briefing Paper for the AOD Sector".  While there is a significant amount of information in the 2014 Federal Budget still to be digested, the ANCD have provided an initial summary of announcements to date.  Further detail of the 2014 Federal Budget will be released in the coming weeks.

Download the "Budget 2014: Briefing paper for the AOD sector" (225KB PDF)

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July 26, 2013

FARE ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR ALCOHOL RESEARCH

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) have announced their 2013 Alcohol Research Grants Funding Program. A total of $300 000 is available across Australia, with options including seed funding for a  small study that could be used as the basis of a larger future study, evaluations of alcohol interventions or programs, or innovative research that addresses new and emerging issues. The maximum funding available for each grant is between $20 000 and $40 000, and applications close Friday August 23rd, 2013.


More information available from the FARE website.

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June 21, 2013

BREAKING DOWN THE DRUGS BUDGET

The Drug Policy Monitoring Program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have published their latest monograph titled "Government Drug Policy Expenditure in Australia - 2009/10".  This report aims to assess government funding allocations across four domains: prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement.  The study found that overall spending for illicit drugs in 2009/10 was $1.7 billion dollars.  Of this, the bulk (66% or $1.12 billion) was spent on law enforcement.  Treatment made up 21.3% (or $361 million), prevention comprised 9.2% (or $156.8 million) and harm reduction made up 2.1% (or $36.1 million).  The remainder (1.4% or $23.1 million) was spent on research, policy and administration.

Read more at the NDARC website.

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May 31, 2013

REFORMS TO THE QUEENSLAND YOUTH SECTOR

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services have announced a series of forums on youth sector reforms to be held across Queensland throughout June and July 2013.  These forums are designed to inform youth service providers about the progress of the review.  Forums are being planned for Toowoomba, Townsville, Mt Isa, South East, North Coast, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay and Winton in the central west.  For more information or to register your interest in attending go to the Department of Communities website.

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