Annual Information Statement 2020

Legal Name
Drug Policy Australia Limited
ABN
43169588578

About the charity

Charity size
Small
Does the charity fundraise online?
Yes
Is the charity an incorporated association?
No
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Yes
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2020 reporting period
  • NSW fundraising number: CFN/25297
  • VIC fundraising number: 13531-18
Is the charity a Basic Religious Charity?
No

Charity programs

Program name
Inside the Bloody War on Drugs Public Forum
Program classification
Public policy
Program locations
Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Families
  • Pre/post release offenders and/or their families
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Is it Time to Legalise Drugs Forum
Program classification
Health promotion
Program locations
Wesley Mission Sydney, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Families
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Pre/post release offenders and/or their families
  • General community in Australia
  • Other - People in the criminal Justice system with Drug issues

Program name
Case for Reform
Program classification
Public policy
Program locations
Australia
Program operated online
Yes
Program beneficiaries
  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Families
  • People at risk of homelessness/ people experiencing homelessness
  • People with chronic illness (including terminal illness)
  • Pre/post release offenders and/or their families

Program name
Pill Testing Campaign
Program classification
Drug safety
Program locations
Australia
Program operated online
Yes
Program beneficiaries
  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Families
  • Other - People who use drugs at risk of accidential death

Program name
Drug Laws are Dangerous Campaign
Program classification
Drug safety
Program locations
Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC, Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • General community in Australia
  • Other - People who take drugs

Program name
Pill Testing Kits Promotion
Program classification
Drug safety
Program locations
Australia
Program operated online
Yes
Program beneficiaries
  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Families
  • Other - People who use drugs

Description of the charities activities and outcomes
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.

Human Resources

Employees and volunteers
  • Full time employees: 1
  • Part time employees: 0
  • Casual employees: 1
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 1
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 25

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2020 reporting period
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020
Accounting method used in the 2020 reporting period
Cash

Income and Expenses

Income Statement summary

Revenue/receipts
Donations and bequests
$51,016.00
Revenue from providing goods or services
$31,152.00
Revenue from government including grants
$26,000.00
Revenue from investments
$10.00
Other revenue/receipts
$0.00
Total revenue/receipts
$108,178.00
Other income (for example, gains)
$0.00
Total income/receipts
$108,178.00
Expenses/Payments
Employee expenses/payments
$47,604.00
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
$0.00
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
$0.00
Other expenses/payments
$33,550.00
Total expenses/payments
$81,154.00
Net surplus/(deficit)
$27,024.00

Balance Sheet Extract

Total assets
$29,713.00
Total liabilities
$621.00
Net assets/liabilites
$29,092.00