Review of the First Phase of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy - 2007

Aim of the publication

The review, undertaken by Urbis from July 2006 to December 2007, provides a synopsis of the background and context of the complex and dynamic environment the Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS) supports, primarily focusing on the Northern Territory. The Review analyses the eights components of the PSS that undergird supply and demand reduction, while also addressing some of the consequences of sniffing for individuals and communities. The recommendations made are practical and feasible and will assist in determining the expansion of the strategy to other regions with similar issues.

Target audience

Since petrol sniffing is understood to reflect a range of social problems and disadvantage. Demand reduction elements of the PSS include the establishment of programs offering alternative activities for young people in communities, together with the broader objective of strengthening communities. Government and non-government organisations and service providers would benefit from implementing the recommendations outlined in the review.

Content of the publication

Overall, stakeholders regard the eight point plan of the PSS as a realistic effort to address the petrol sniffing problem. Subsidised Opal fuel has succeeded in substantially reducing the level of petrol sniffing, though more needs to be done in relation to strengthening and supporting communities, and engaging young people. Systemised data collection will assist develop the evidence base, ensuring the impact of the PSS and volatile substance use is captured.

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