Community Drug Action Teams

CDATs are groups of community volunteers and representatives from Local Health Districts, government and NGOs working together on alcohol and other drugs issues affecting their community

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Community Drug Action Teams

Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) are informal groups of community members, Local Health Districts, and representatives from other government and non-government agencies who volunteer to work together on alcohol and other drugs issues affecting their local community. There are 60 CDATs across NSW.

NSW Health has supported the CDAT Program since its creation in 1999.

Commencing January 2021, an Odyssey House NSW-led consortium will manage the CDAT Program. Karralika Programs, Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Service and The Buttery are also members of the consortium. 

Visit the CDAT site 

Want to make a difference to alcohol and other drug use in your community?

Key dates

  • Applications now open –  no close date at this point in time 
  • Funding announcements commence  30 Oct 2021 
  • Ongoing applications will be received form eligible CDAT’s, with these funding announcements made approx. 4 weeks after submission. 

Who is eligible?

  • You must have a designated Lead Organisation who will be responsible for the governance of the CDAT and be the primary contact for the CDAT
  • You must have a focus on prevention to reduce AOD related harm in community
  • You must meet the assessment criteria below

Application Criteria

The NSW CDAT Consortium will conduct a review of all applications using the following criteria:

  • Priority focus area
  • Demonstrated local need (local evidence of key issues, target audience)
  • Partnership (demonstrated ability to collaborate, sustainability of previous partnerships, expertise, skills and capacity to influence)
  • Community involvement and consultation
  • Experience or expertise; and capacity to deliver quality outcomes.

When the applications have been assessed and confirmed, Applicants will be notified of the outcome.

 Apply for funding here

If you would like further information on the CDAT Program, please contact the consortium at

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