Overview

Charity details

ABN
Address
U 4 22 Narong Rd
Caulfield North VIC 3161
Australia
Address For Service email
Phone
Charity Size
Small
Who the charity helps
Youth - 15 to under 25
Pre/post release offenders and/or their families
People with chronic illness (including terminal illness)
People at risk of homelessness/ people experiencing homelessness
General community in Australia
Families
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Date established
2014
Last reported
31 January 2021
Next report due
31 January 2022
Financial Year End
30/06

Summary of activities

As a health promotion charity, Drug Policy Australia promotes evidence-based drug policies that reduce the health risks, stigma, and other drug-related harms caused by the existing legal framework and failed government policy. We do this by organising public forums about drug policy, disseminating public health information about safer drug practices, advocating for drug law reform and making submissions to Government inquiries. In September 2019, we held a major public forum attended by 800 people at the Melbourne Town Hall to discuss the health implication of legalising and regulating all drugs. The public forum incorporated a panel-type discussion hosted by ABC radio personality Jon Faine and joined by drug reform advocates including MP Fiona Patten, former Commissioner of the Federal Police, Mick Palmer, TV personality, Laura Turner and human rights lawyer Greg Barns. The event included twelve local alcohol and other drugs (AOD) community organisations that provided the audience with vital drug safety information. Throughout the year, we continued with our 'The Drug Laws are Dangerous' campaign which involved online and street-level events promoting community discussion on drug policy reform. We teamed up with radio station Kiss FM at the Sydney Road Street Festival to promote pill testing and distribute drug law reform information. We also attended other local festivals, including co-hosting Rave in the Park in February 2020. These public events allow us to rally for drug law reform with other like-minded individuals and community groups. Due to COVID-10 restrictions, we postposed a large Sydney event planned for April 2020 at the Wesley Conference Centre. The public health forum called "Is it Time to Legalise Drugs" was going to hear from two former State Premiers, the Hon. Bob Carr and the Hon. Geoff Gallop, best-selling authors Antony Loewenstein and Jenny Valentish and drug policy researcher, Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the University of NSW and Sally Dowling, the Senior Counsel assisting the ICE Inquiry. As a result of Melbourne's lockdown, it became difficult to hold public forums. However, Drug Policy Australia devoted our efforts to reworking and increasing our communications networks. We also redesigned our website, added new content and increased our online marketing efforts to sell merchandise and pill testing kits. We launched online public health campaigns such as the "Case for Reform" which provides an extensive overview of where the current drug policy has failed and a detailed explanation of alternative approaches to drug policy.

Charity programs

Program name Classification
Inside the Bloody War on Drugs Public Forum Public policy
Is it Time to Legalise Drugs Forum Health promotion
Case for Reform Public policy
Pill Testing Campaign Drug safety
Drug Laws are Dangerous Campaign Drug safety
Pill Testing Kits Promotion Drug safety

Where the charity operates

States
VIC
NSW

Financials & Documents

Annual reporting

Title Due Date Date received Download
Financial Report 2022 31 December 2022 Pending
Annual Information Statement 2022 31 December 2022 Not yet submitted
Financial Report 2021 31 January 2022 Pending
Annual Information Statement 2021 31 January 2022 Not yet submitted
Financial Report 2020 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Annual Information Statement 2020 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Annual Information Statement 2019 31 January 2020 31 January 2020
Financial Report 2019 No due date Not required - small
Financial Report 2018 31 March 2019 31 March 2019
Annual Information Statement 2018 31 March 2019 31 March 2019
Annual Information Statement 2017 31 January 2018 31 January 2018
Financial Report 2017 No due date Not required
Annual Information Statement 2016 31 January 2017 20 October 2016
Financial Report 2016 No due date Not required
Annual Information Statement 2015 31 January 2016 28 January 2016
Financial Report 2015 No due date Not required
Financial Report 2014 No due date Not required
Annual Information Statement 2014 No due date Not required
Financial Report 2013 No due date Not required
Annual Information Statement 2013 No due date Not required

Documents

Title Date Reporting Year Download
Annual Report 31 March 2019 2018 Download
Governing Document 20 June 2014 Download

People

Responsible People

The role of a 'Responsible Person' is an important one for registered charities. Generally, a charity's Responsible People are its board or committee members, or trustees.

History

The charity's subtype history

Purpose Start Date End Date
Institution whose principal activity is to promote the prevention or control of diseases in human beings (Health Promotion Charity)(HPC) 22 May 2014
Advancing health 22 May 2014
Advancing public debate (promoting or opposing a change to any matter established by law, policy or practice in the Commonwealth, a state, territory or another country) 22 May 2014

Registration status history

Effective Date Status
22 May 2014 Registered

Enforcement action history

There have been no enforcements for this charity.