The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for non government alcohol and other drugs services in NSW. As a member driven peak body, NADA’s decisions and actions are informed by the experiences, knowledge and concerns of its membership.
We represent close to 100 organisational members that provide a broad range of alcohol and other drugs services including health promotion and harm reduction, early intervention, treatment and continuing care programs. Our members are diverse in their structure, philosophy and approach to alcohol and other drugs service delivery.
We provide a range of programs and services that focus on sector and workforce development, data management, governance and management support, research and evaluation, sector representation and advocacy, as well as actively contributing to public health policy.
NADA strives to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use alcohol and other drugs. We also work to ensure that services provided by the sector are informed by people with a lived experience.
NADA has award level accreditation under the Australian Services Excellence Standards (ASES), a quality framework certified by Quality Innovation and Performance (QIP).
About the NSW non government alcohol and other drug sector
NSW has a diverse, strong and effective non government alcohol and other drugs sector which has been providing services to individuals, families and communities for more than 40 years. The sector has been critical in responding to the health and welfare needs of those affected by drugs and alcohol, particularly those experiencing marginalisation and complex social issues.
Over 50 drug and alcohol specialist services operate across NSW. A similar number provide drug and alcohol service delivery as part of a broader health and/or social welfare service. Geographic distribution of non government alcohol and other drugs specialist organisations in NSW is similar to that of all treatment organisations in Australia and all treatment organisations in NSW, according to remoteness classification.
NADA commissioned asector mapping report [PDF], which includes an organisational profile of specialist services, taxonomy, workforce profile and key issues impacting on the sector.
 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 211-12. Drug treatment series 21. Cat. no. HSE139. Canberra: AIHW.
 Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA)