The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (ADAC) Inc. (SA)

The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) IncYou can find out about the projects we run, contact our staff members and access resource material and details of current and past projects.


  • Aboriginal communities will be: living happy, healthy, high quality lives, free from the harmful effects of substance misuse, and in control of their community programs, by achieving:  unity, respect, and self-determination, through a process of education for re-empowerment and health, delivered by culturally appropriate programs and services, through community participation and individual commitment.


  • To ensure the development of effective programs to reduce harm related to substance misuse in Aboriginal communities, in such a way as to: promote and foster pride, dignity, identity and achievement in Aboriginal society, and advocate and actively pursue the philosophy and principles of Aboriginal spiritual, cultural, social, economic and political re-empowerment, self-determination and self-management.
  • This mission will be carried out principally as an information and advisory centre for the Aboriginal community, the wider community and to relevant professionals and institutions, on substance misuse issues.


  • The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA)Inc was incorporated in 1993 as a direct result of the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC). The Royal Commission's final report, contained over 387 Recommendations. Various community groups, individuals, Government Departments and other bodies gathered to discuss how best to respond to the report.
  • In South Australia the Aboriginal community from across the state met a number of times to discuss the Findings. It was agreed that as the majority of deaths had a drug and or alcohol related component, and considering that over 80 of the Recommendations were substance misuse related, that a community controlled response was needed.
  • After considerable discussion it was decided that one way to address the issues was to create a statewide peak substance misuse organisation. In February 1993, the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. was established. The acronym for the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. is ADAC.
  • ADAC is unique in Australia as it is the only Indigenous peak body of its kind. Currently we represent 20 Aboriginal Community Organisations from across South Australia. ADAC provides responses to a range of state and national committees and strategies, helps communities deal with the problems associated with substance misuse, develops health promotional materials, undertakes research on its own and in collaboration with various universities and key national research organisations.


  • Arabunna Peoples Committee Inc.
  • Aroona Aboriginal Council Inc
  • Bungala Aboriginal Corporation
  • Davenport Community Council Inc
  • Dunjiba Aboriginal Corporation Inc
  • Gerard Reserve Council
  • Kalparrin Community Inc.
  • Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service
  • Nipapanha Community Council
  • Nunga MI:Minar Women's and Children's Shelter shelter
  • Nunyarra Wellbeing
  • Pangula Mannamurna Inc
  • Pika Wiya Health Service
  • Plaza Youth Centre
  • Point Pearce Aboriginal Community
  • Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Community Council
  • Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Health Service
  • Port Pirie Aboriginal Community Centre
  • Raukkan Community Inc.
  • Tangglun Pilengi Yunti Aboriginal Corporation
  • Tullawon Health Service Formerly Yalata Maralinga Health Service
  • Umoona Community Council Inc.
  • Umoona Tjutagku Health Service
  • Whyalla Community Health Centre
  • Yalata Aboriginal Community
  • z Adelaide Day Centre For Homeless
  • z Associate member Alzheimer's Australia SA

Current Projects

Makin' Tracks: Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc

Project Description: Makin Tracks is a mobile team of two Professional Educators around drug and alcohol issues, who are available to help communities develop strategies to prevent petrol sniffing, alcohol and other drug misuse and to help communities who are already having problems because of substance misuse.

They are mobile because its often difficult for remote communities to travel to receive the appropriate training that is required to combat these issues, that is why we go to the communities and provide the training in a setting where community members feel most comfortable. The team has 2 Nissan Patrols and can set up education sessions anywhere.

How the team works when invited into a community, the team will talk with elders, Council, workers and/or the whole community and let them know what we have to offer and how we work. Then if the community decides to go ahead, they will sit down with that community and develop a strategy to tackle the substance issues of concern to that community. The team will then help to put the strategy into action. This will explain the types of things the team will be able to do, the things they are not able to do and how they will work with your community on the goals you set. We work with communities, not for them.




Annual Reports

Alcohol Health Resources

FASD Health Resources

Reports And Resources


  • 155 Holbrooks Road Underdale South Australia 5032
  • Telephone: +61 8 8351 9031
  • Facsimile: +61 8 8352 4546

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