Diversion services

The Diversion Service programs are aimed at diverting people arrested and/or charged with drug or alcohol related offences out of the judicial system into the health system.

For further information about this service, contact the 24 Hour Helpline (02) 5124 9977.

The Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Liaision Officer is a valuable member of the Diversion Services Team.

Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer

The Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer work to support Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander clients across Alcohol and Drug Services.

  • Provides support and case management to Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander clients.
  • Assist clients to negotiate and develop appropriate and achievable treatment plans with AOD sector services.
  • Works with Aboriginal and or Torres Islander Clients referred to ADS Diversion Service programs and Gambarri Court.
  • Liaise with clients, their families and other treating professionals.
  • Conduct community education and development activities in the delivery of health promotion services.
  • Participate in the support and education of other staff and students.
  • This role provides case management and support and assists clients with referral and advocacy accessing other AOD sector services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander services.
  • The Officer also provides support and education to other services to assist them to provide appropriate care to Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander clients.

Early Intervention Pilot Program (EIPP)

The Early Intervention Pilot Program (EIPP) is a national initiative run in conjunction with the AFP, aimed at providing AOD education (and referral and treatment) to young people under 18 years caught on underage drinking offences.

Police Early Diversion

The police early diversion program provides for those who have been apprehended by the Police for possession of a small amount of illicit drugs (or licit drugs used illicitly). Rather than charge the client, Police can divert them to the health sector.

The client is referred to the Alcohol & Drug Program Diversion Service for assessment, and then referred to an approved ACT agency for treatment (education, counselling, withdrawal, pharmacotherapy, or residential rehabilitation). Compliance is determined by the Diversion Service staff. Non-compliance is reported back to the AFP, and the AFP determine what action should be taken (if any).

Court Alcohol and Drug Assessment Service (CADAS)

The Court Alcohol and Drug Assessment Service (CADAS) is a scheme in use in the Magistrates, Children's and Supreme Courts to engage clients in treatment plans during Court proceedings and as part of their Orders on sentence. Clients are case managed and supported with referral to treatment services facilitated. The goals of this service are to reduce recidivism and to engage the client in treatment.

CADAS clinicians monitor attendance and reports all outcomes to the Courts. Non-compliance does not necessarily result in a penalty, but is taken into account by the Magistrate or Judge.

Who can use these services?

Clients who are either apprehended or charged with an alcohol and/or drug related offence.

Service access

Clients can access these services in the following manner:

  • Police Early Diversion Clients are referred by Australian Federal Police
  • CADAS Clients are referred by the Magistrate or Judge only (in the ACT Magistrates, ACT Children's or ACT Supreme Courts), but anyone (self, lawyers, police) can ask the Magistrate or Judge to refer them.


This is a free service.

Contact us

Contact the 24 Hour Helpline (02) 5124 9977 .

Page last updated on: 13 Nov 2018