Breaking the Cycle of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Indigenous Communities Activity

  • How much?

    $20 million over three years (2011-12 to 2013-14) 
  • Apply when?

    from 6/03/2012  to 10/04/2012 
  • Who to contact?

      Ph: Freecall 1800 153 477  Email

Short Description: Breaking the Cycle 

Applications will open at 8:30am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time on 6 March 2012

Applications close 10 April 2012 at 2:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Applications must be received by the closing date.


Eligibility to apply for funding: Only organisations which have been invited to submit an application for funding by an Indigenous Coordination Centre or FaHCSIA State Office are eligible to apply.

The Breaking the Cycle program aims to:

  • assist Indigenous communities to work with government and non-government organisations to develop and implement Alcohol and substance abuse Management Plans (AMP);
  • support community groups and not-for-profit organisations work at a local level in order to drive the AMP and support the community; and
  • provide prevention programs to tackle youth substance abuse.

Three categories of services are to be provided under this activity:

  1. A lead service provider will be appointed for each community or region to deliver community capacity building and brokerage services to:
    • Work with the community to develop and implement an evidence based, effective and sustainable AMP that meets the terms of the harm reduction strategies outlined in the National Drug Strategy. The key focus of the AMP will be to reduce the harm that is caused by alcohol and substance abuse, particularly to women, children and families;
    • Establish an effective and representative Community Steering Committee or work with an existing effective and representative committee; and
    • Promote the AMP processes and network with other stakeholders and service providers and establish referral pathways and/or service linkages.
  2. A service provider panel will be appointed for each community or region. Members of these panels may provide a range of services in one or more of the following categories, to support the implementation of an AMP in their community:
    • community capacity building and development;
    • including education and skills training;
    • prevention programs to tackle youth alcohol and/or substance abuse;
    • intake and assessment services;
    • information, referral and resource development; and
    • community support.
  3. Support for additional communities may be provided through harm minimisation activities that meet community need by tackling alcohol and substance abuse.

The following communities/regions have been targeted to receive funding in this funding round:

  • Ceduna and surrounding region (South Australia);
  • Mornington Island and Doomadgee (Queensland);
  • Bourke/Brewarrina in the Murdi Paaki Region and Condobolin (New South Wales); and
  • Goldfields/Laverton region (Western Australia).

Further information

Further information on the Breaking the Cycle of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Indigenous Communities Program can be found in the following Program Guidelines:

  • Part A: Program Guidelines provides an overview of the Indigenous Capability and Development Program; Component; and the Activities relating to the Program.
  • Part B: Information for Applicants provides information on the Application, Assessment, Eligibility, Selection and Complaints processes and Financial and Funding Agreement arrangements

The Indigenous Capability and Development Program Guidelines contain important information on the selection process and the services that will be funded.  You must meet the Guideline requirements in order for your application to be considered in this selection process.

Other information that may be of assistance in your application is:

National Drug Strategy: The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 is focused on harm minimisation. The Strategy’s three pillars of harm minimisation are demand, supply and harm reduction:

National Alcohol Strategy:

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC):

Questions and Answers

Should you have any questions about the application for the Breaking the Cycle program, please consult the program documents provided above and visit the Questions and Answers page. If you cannot find the information you require please email with your question/s.


Content Updated: 27 September 2013