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Substance Abuse Intelligence Desks (SAIDs)



Substance Abuse Intelligence Desks (SAIDs) are funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 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. These jurisdictions work collectively to interrupt the supply of drugs to remote communities.

The first Australian Government SAID was established in 2006 under a Federal Government 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. 


Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6271 5111
Fax: (02) 6271 5414

Evaluated publications

Putt J (2011)

Review of the Substance Abuse Intelligence Desks and Dog Operations Units.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


Last updated: 16 March 2017
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