Stage 1

Investment $45.5 million

Victorian Budget 2015/16

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Expand drug treatment services with a focus on rural rehabilitation

Key Components

$18 million to expand services particularly in rural and regional Victoria, and establish innovative models of non-residential rehabilitation.

Achievements

New innovative therapeutic day rehabilitation treatment services have been introduced to provide up to 500 treatment courses each year across nine services, including seven services in regional Victoria (Mildura, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Geelong, Shepparton, Moe and Ballarat).

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

New drug and booze buses

Key Components

$15 million for 10 new drug and booze buses to improve road safety, and additional random roadside drug tests.

Achievements

Victoria Police completed 100,000 roadside drug screening tests in 2016-17.

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Support for families and communities

Key Components

$4.7 million for training and family support services, including an innovative family support program delivered statewide and available to over 1,000 Victorians each year.

Achievements

The 1800 Ice Help line 1800 423 238 has received over 4,000 calls since it commenced in 2015. Around 1,500 people are participating in the Break through: Ice Education for Families program each year. Through this program, families in need are getting help to recognise when there is a problem and what to do

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Cracking down on clandestine drug labs

Key Components

$4.5 million to expand Victoria Police’s Forensic Drug Branch to increase drug profi ling and intelligence capability

Achievements

The project has achieved a 40% improvement in capacity, including greater
analysis capacity and decreased turnaround times

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Expand investment in Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs)

Key Components

$1.8 million to provide grants to 20 high-need locations to reduce harm to injecting ice users and the wider community.

Achievements

Over 20 sites have received funding grants to expand after-hour access to needle and syringe programs.

Around 1,500 people are participating in the Breakthrough: Ice Education for Families program each year.

Through this program, families in need are getting help to recognise when there is a problem and what to do.

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Expand investment in clinical supervision

Key Components

$600,000 for strengthened and extended clinical supervision training for alcohol and other drug treatment and mental health workers.

Achievements

Rollout of training for both mental health and alcohol and other drug providers commenced in January 2017.

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Community Ice Action Groups

Key Components

$500,000 for grants of up to $10,000 for communities in regional and outer metropolitan areas to develop local strategies to address ice.

Achievements

38 grants have been provided to Community Ice Action Groups across regional Victoria to help them deliver local solutions and education.

Whole of Government – Ice Action Plan Initiative

Training and supervision for workers

Key Components

$400,000 for the development of a standard best practice training curriculum for frontline workers. More than 10,000 people have registered to use the online training package.

Achievements

Over 10,000 people have registered for the free online ice training for frontline workers.