Local Drug Action Team

What is the Federation Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program?

The Federation LDAT is an Alcohol and Drug Foundation program supporting the planning, development and implementation of primary prevention and harm minimisation activities.

What does the Federation Local Drug Action Team program aim to do?

The LDAT program emphasises the importance of building ‘protective factors’ in the community - working to prevent alcohol and drug issues forming in the first place.

Federation LDAT aims to:

  • Focus on preventing alcohol and drug-related problems before they occur
  • Be community-driven, with strong community consultation and engagement
  • Demonstrate collaboration and partnerships with local community partners
  • Be informed by evidence, responsive to local data and need.


Current projects funded under the LDAT program include:

2021 Research Project

The LDAT Research Project aims to generate detailed insights into the local community’s alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues and needs, particularly in relation to risk and protective factors.

The Federation Primary Prevention Team will use the detailed community picture generated from this research project to develop a long-term plan of action to prevent and reduce AOD use and harms and ultimately, to improve community health and wellbeing.

LDAT Community Action Plan Project – “Charge Up” 

Funding has been received through the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Local Drug Action Team Program, to deliver its initial Community Action Plan Project – “Charge Up”.

Charge Up is an evidenced based program, delivering training to facilitators to support young people (12 - 18 years) in understanding and managing their emotional and mental health and wellbeing, including improved self-esteem, resilience, assertiveness, establishing boundaries and stress management.

The partners supporting this program are:

  • One Door Mental Health
  • Corowa Health Service
  • Many Mobs Inc
  • Corowa High School
  • Oaklands Public School
  • Amaranth Foundation
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Federation Council.

Once trained, the train the trainer facilitators will be available to deliver the training to interested local community people. Community members trained will be able to deliver and mentor young people through the program, including youth and community groups, schools, cultural groups, and service and health agencies, to enable them to deliver the program to members, clients and the general community.

The Charge-Up Program will be available to teenagers from across the Federation Council area to positively influence long term behaviour change that acts as a protective factor against the uptake of alcohol and drugs and/or harm minimisation for existing use.

Anticipated tangible behaviour change outcomes from the program include:

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • help improve sleep
  • provide mindfulness tools to help self-regulate
  • increase self-awareness and empathy
  • improve learning and performance
  • increase attention
  • focus and concentration.

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator or would like to participate in the program as a participant, please contact Federation Council on (02) 6022 8999 or email council@federationcouncil.nsw.gov.au.

LDAT Action Plan project

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, through the LDAT program, have provided support to enable the development of an action plan, guiding the priorities of the Federation Primary Prevention Team’s work under the LDAT program.

Currently, the most recent National and State data is being collected, as well as government policy, industry information, community service provider and community group information.

This information will assist in developing key priority action items for the Federation Primary Prevention Team and the LDAT Community Action Plan initiatives.