Review of the Central Australian Petrol Sniffing Strategy Unit - 2007

Aim of the publication

Overall the review found that the Central Australian Petrol Sniffing Strategy Unit (CAPSSU) delivered on a range of outputs in regard to the Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS), primarily concerned with diversionary activity for young people. The review identified a range of historic, governance and funding issues that have led to CAPSSU containing its focus to the NT, in place of the broader role within the whole of the tri-state PSS zone.

Target audience

The Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC) within FaHCSIA commissioned Urbis to conduct the CAPSUU review in 2009, in consultation with a range of stakeholders from the Commonwealth, WA, SA and NT governments, as well as stakeholders and service providers in the non-government sector in the NT and SA.

Content of the publication

The future of CAPSSU lies in two domains: Firstly, reaffirming the role of the Unit as the body with

oversight of the strategy across the PSS affected areas, with the focus of the Unit expanded to volatile substances, and geographically to any community where volatile substance misuse is prevalent. In this role the Unit will liaise across state and territory borders, ensuring incidents of sniffing are consistently assessed, coordinated by the relevant agencies, and documented. With this level of oversight, valuable advice will be available to the PSS Senior Executive Service Steering Committee.

Secondly; the Unit should also continue its current activity in relation to identifying and implementing projects relevant to the Strategy within the Northern Territory (NT) and tri-state region.

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