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ADF Alcohol Management Strategy


Defence has issued guidelines that aim to minimise alcohol related harm in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian Defence Force Alcohol Management Strategy and Plan 2014-17 (ADFAMS) sets out a framework for improving alcohol management and reducing the negative impact of alcohol on the health, safety, capability and reputation of the ADF.

Defence is updating the ADFAMS through a process of evaluation in accordance with the continuous improvement framework. The five strategic objectives continue to guide Defence’s approach to safe alcohol management.

In November 2010 the Australian Drug Foundation were contracted to develop and deliver Stage 1 of the ADFAMS Project. Stage 1 was completed in November 2011 with the production of five reports setting out an overarching framework for Alcohol Management in the ADF and frameworks for each of the single Services.

During Stage 1 of the ADFAMS Project, in April 2011, an Independent Advisory Panel on Alcohol was commissioned and their report, The Use of Alcohol in the Australian Defence Force, was published in March 2012. This was one of eight cultural reviews undertaken and included in the Pathways to Change program for cultural reform.

ADFAMS has been developed to support an organisational wide commitment and direction to all Defence members, leaders and commanders at all levels in terms of responsibilities and expectations for changing behaviours.

The tools and materials to support the ADF Alcohol Management Strategy and Plan 2014-2017 include an ADF Behaviour Expectations Statement endorsed by Chief of Defence, a Leaders Guide to Alcohol Management and an ADF Event Management Guide.

The following ADFAMS products are available:

ADF Alcohol Management Strategy and Plan 2014-2017 (PDF)

The ADF Alcohol Management Strategy and Plan 2014-2017 provides framework within which the ADF will take decisive action to minimise alcohol related harm. It draws on sound evidence from the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 and the World Health Organization regarding the most effective approaches to minimising harm from the use of alcohol.

ADF Alcohol Management Strategy: Strategic Intent 2014-2017 (PDF)

This document outlines the 5 key Strategic Objectives for ADFAMS 2014-2017.

Alcohol Behaviour Expectations Statement (PDF)

The ADF commitment to minimising alcohol related harm and the expectations as an organisation, as leaders and as members are expressed in this Chief of the Defence Force endorsed statement.

ADF Leaders Guide to Alcohol Management (PDF)

The information provided in the Leaders Guide draws on sound, contemporary evidence relating to prevention and management of alcohol-related harm to support leaders to fulfil their responsibility. In particular, it is designed to assist ADF leaders with decision making in relating to (i) influencing occasions, locations and situations to prevent or reduce the likelihood of alcohol-related harm; and (ii) responding to alcohol-related incidents affecting the ADF workplace.

ADF Event Management Guide (PDF)

The Guide provides Officers in Charge, Officers Conducting the Activity or Activity Coordinators with information regarding the standards, guidelines and criteria for any situation where alcohol is supplied, served or consumed, in order to minimise alcohol related risk and harm.
14 August, 2020