National Advisory Structure

This information has been adapted from the National Drug Strategy: Australia's Integrated Framework 2004-2009. 

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

The Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS) was established in line with the first national drug strategy in 1985 and is the peak national policy and decision-making body for licit and illicit drugs and is responsible for the National Drug Strategy. The MCDS is an official committee under the Council of Australian Governments and meets twice per year. The Council comprises the Australian Government and State and Territory Health and Law Enforcement Ministers, including Justice and Police Ministers. New Zealand health and law enforcement Ministers are also represented on the Council.

The MCDS is responsible for ensuring that Australia has a nationally coordinated and integrated approach to reducing the substantial harms associated with drug use. The council's collaborative approach is designed to achieve national consistency and to improve outcomes in the areas of policy, program development and service delivery. The MCDS liaises with other ministerial councils on matters of joint responsibility and priority in relation to the National Drug Strategy.

Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs

The Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy is supported by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD). The IGCD provides policy advice to Ministers on drug-related matters and is responsible for the implementation of the National Drug Strategy. This Committee consists of senior officers representing health and law enforcement in each Australian jurisdiction and people with expertise in identified priority areas including representatives of the Australian Customs Service, the Ministerial Council on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and the Department of Education, Science and Training.

Australian National Council on Drugs

The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) was established in March 1998 by the then Prime Minister to ensure the voice of the non-government sector is heard and influences policy and practice. The ANCD represents a broad range of groups including academia, medicine, education, law enforcement, treatment services, families who have suffered loss, those who have been affected by drugs, the Indigenous community and government.

National Drug Research Centres

The National Drug Strategy benefits from core research programs of the three National Drug Research Centres (the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, the National Drug Research Institute, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre) to develop products and facilitate research into matters identified as priorities under the National Drug Strategy. The National Drug Research Centres provide the MCDS with advice of research outcomes and emerging issues and trends.

 Other Resources

For further information regarding the MCDS and IGCD see

 For further information regarding the ANCD see