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Substance abuse intelligence desks (SAIDs) are funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) (formally known as the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) to target and disrupt the trafficking of licit and illicit substances in the cross-border regions of Australia. This includes the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Western Australia.
The first Australian Government SAID was established in 2006 under a DSS and Northern Territory Police partnership, to address substance use within Indigenous communities, and to support the National petrol sniffing strategy. Dog operation units (DOUs) are located in Alice Springs, Katherine, and Darwin, and work collaboratively with the SAID teams. SAIDs and DOUs also engage with young people in these communities to promote healthy lifestyles.
Abstract adapted from Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Substance Abuse Operations Section
Indigenous Programs Branch
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
Ph: (02) 6121 4748
Mobile: 0418 570 036
Assistant Section Manager
Ph: (02) 6121 4224
Mobile: 0457 529 671