Assistant Minister Fiona Nash defunds Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

Find out information on ALIA's campaign to save the ADCA library here

The most vulnerable Australian families will be put at risk as the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), with its world-renowned library and information service, closes its doors, potentially within a few weeks, denying doctors, social workers, psychologists and other professionals access to knowledge and resources that are essential to their work.

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash’s Department has pulled the plug on funding for the ADCA, forcing into administration one of the nation’s greatest assets in the fight against drug addiction, alcoholism and the resulting poverty, homelessness, violence and abuse.

  • The ADCA library is the only library to hold all the research produced by drug and alcohol agencies across Australia.
  • It is home to more than 50 years’ worth of evidence and papers, which have led to the development of our current health legislation.        
  • Highly specialised areas include the National Inhalants Information Service, which is used extensively by health professionals in remote Australia.

The library’s collection of 97,000 essential and often unique items, most of which are not available free on the internet or traceable through Google, will be consigned to landfill unless NSW Senator Fiona Nash relents and grants the organisation a reprieve.

We are working on a campaign to help save this library and the important collection it works with. We will keep this page updated with the latest information.

You can sign the petition to save the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia here

Media Coverage 

Taking the mortar from the bricks | Drink Tank 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) (Administrator Appointed) - Defunded | ADCA Media release 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia in voluntary administration after Coalition cuts funding | ABC News 

Drug-harm minimisation body closes after Coalition withdraws funding | The Guardian 



Friday 29 November 2013 5:15pm