Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) aim to make their local communities safer, healthier and stronger by reducing the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs through evidence-based, primary prevention activities.Contact CDATs
The NSW CDAT brings people together to make a meaningful and positive difference in peoples’ lives.
Work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most enthusiastic, talented, knowledgeable and dedicated people you’ll ever encounter!
How CDATs work
For over 20 years volunteer groups made up of community members, staff from Local Health Districts and representatives from other government and non-government agencies, have been organising primary prevention activities and developing resources aimed at strengthening their communities.
Frequently asked questions
What is a CDAT?
Why do we need CDATs?
What do CDATs do?
CDATs initiate action on locally relevant concerns that identify AOD (alcohol and other drug) trends and behaviors in their community. CDATs provide and distribute evidence-based alcohol and other drug information, resources, and links within their communities.
Who can join a CDAT?
A CDAT is a group within a community made up of individuals who are concerned about alcohol and drug use. They are informal groups comprised of but not limited to, community members, representatives from various government agencies, not-for-profits and non-government agencies. CDAT members have a passion for their community and public promotion and are happy to volunteer their time to reduce alcohol & drug harms.
To get involved or find your local CDAT, click here.
What might a CDAT focus on?
Do CDATs actually make a difference?
CDATs assist communities to develop new skills that address AOD concerns, offer training and link community to resources.
What kind of activities do CDAT provide?
To see examples of activities being run across NSW, visit our News page.
What does a CDAT member do?
For more information on what a CDAT does, see our ‘Framework for Action’ document.
What are the different roles in a CDAT?
How do CDATs fund their projects?
CDATs are supported by Community Development Officers to plan and develop eveidence-based primary prevention harm minimisation activities.
CDATs are then supported to submit an annual funding request.
Can CDAT members access training?
Training programs run across the state to assist the CDATs. They include:
What is Primary Prevention
Drug Trends and Emerging Drugs
Importance of Family Drug Support.