In April 2015, the Commonwealth Government established a National Ice Taskforce to provide advice to Government on the impacts of ice in Australia and actions needed to address this growing problem. The Taskforce found that law enforcement agencies have responded strongly to disrupt the supply of ice, but despite these efforts, the market for the drug remains strong. It recommended that governments focus action on reducing the demand for ice and reducing the harm it causes, while enhancing efforts to disrupt supply in key areas.
In response to the findings of the Taskforce, and in consultation with the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, the Commonwealth Government has developed a comprehensive package of action across five key areas to tackle this problem head on. This package is supported by an additional $285.2 million to reduce the demand for ice and the harm it is causing through the delivery of locally-based and targeted solutions. An additional $13 million is also being provided to introduce new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for Addiction Medicine Specialists. The measures from this package will form part of the new National Ice Action Strategy, and are in addition to the current funding allocation of up to $310 million for treatment services.
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The Taskforce report can be found at: