Last week, without any warning, the Commonwealth Government announced that it would no longer fund ADCA, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia. ADCA is a national not-for-profit organisation that has represented people and organisations working to support Australians impacted by alcohol and drug use for nearly 50 years.
It's hard to find a family in Australia that does not have at least one member with a significant alcohol and drug problem. This decision sends a message about the lack of support for people who work closely with those affected by alcohol and other drug use.
Over almost 50 years ADCA has built up knowledge and resources that front line alcohol and drug workers rely on. By defunding ADCA all of this will be lost and the sector will lose its national coordination and representation.
One of Australia's leading drug and alcohol experts Dr Alex Wodak said,
"Governments can close organisations like ADCA in minutes. But it takes many years and much more money to recreate what has been lost."
Please sign the petition to urge the government to reconsider its decision.