New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health commissioned a strategic, whole of system review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector that was undertaken between July 2013 and July 2014.

Page last updated: 07 December 2016

The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia (the Review) sought to clarify current Australian drug and alcohol treatment funding processes; current and future service needs; the gap between met and unmet demand; and planning and funding processes for the future.



The review included two reports: New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia and the Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Treatment Service Sector: Harnessing Good Intentions.

The review aimed to deliver:
  • a shared understanding of current drug and alcohol treatment funding
  • a set of planned and coordinated funding processes for future Commonwealth AOD funding rounds and
  • documentation to inform future Commonwealth funding processes which articulate with state/territory approaches and respond to the needs of individuals, families and their communities.
New Horizons identified a lack of clarity around the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and a need for further analysis and feasibility work to be conducted collaboratively.
The department has commenced consultations with the states and territories to progress this collaborative approach.

PDF version of report:: New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia PDF 3814 KB large file
PDF version of appendices: New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia - Appendices - PDF 1087 KB large file

Harnessing Good Intentions is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.