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AASW’s Policy Position on Drug and Alcohol

The AASW ascribes to the belief that drug and alcohol abuse are public health concerns, as opposed to criminal justice, and consequently takes a harm minimisation approach to policy work. We work from the principles of social justice and human rights. These principles suggest that adequate, recovery-based care must be offered in treatment, and holistic, systemic preventative measures be built into public services.

Policy Submissions



July 2020 Covid 19 Inquiry Submission

April 2018

Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Re: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018

Media Releases



23 August, 2017

Coercion not the way to reduce illicit drug use

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