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Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR)



The Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR) is a program to assist people with alcohol and other drug use problems who are attending court for moderate-level crimes.

Participants who plead guilty to an offence, and who would normally receive a fine or community-based order, are suitable for the program. Anybody who has reason to address the court about the offender's case can request the offender be referred to STIR. However, referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion.

If referred to the program, the participant's case will be remanded for approximately three months to allow the offender to access treatment for their drug use. In the Perth metropolitan area, participation in the program is coordinated by a Court and Assessment Treatment (CATS) Officer. In regional areas, a Community Corrections Officer will coordinate the offender's participation.

Throughout treatment, participants are required to attend treatment with a alcohol and other drug counsellor, undergo drug testing through urinalysis and attend court at regular intervals. Following treatment, the offender will return to court for sentencing.

Contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line or speak to the Drug Diversion Officer at your local magistrate's court for more information.

Abstract adapted from the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia


Alcohol and Drug Support Line
Ph: (08) 9442 5000 (metro)
Ph: 1800 198 024 (country)

Mental Health Commission (Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia)
Level 5, 81 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000
GPO Box X2299
Perth Business Centre WA 6847
Ph: (08) 6272 1200
Fax: (08) 6272 1299

Related publications

Supervised treatment intervention regime (STIR) (2008)

Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

This resource package provides information for the Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR) program in Western Australia.

Brochures and posters are available for both metropolitan and regional areas and also includes versions designed for an Aboriginal audience.

Abstract adapted from the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia

Evaluated publications

Strategic Edge Consulting (2009)

Indigenous participation in the WA Diversion Project evaluation - barriers and strategies to participation in adult court diversion programs: final report.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Crime Research Centre (2007)

WA Diversion Program – evaluation framework (POP/STIR/IDP): final report and summary report.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

The summary report is an outline of three court based illicit drug diversion programs operating in Western Australia (WA). The programs include the Pre-sentence Opportunity Program (POP), Indigenous Diversion Program (IDP) and the Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR).

The final report evaluates the findings from these programs and also provides the outcomes of health and drug analysis, recidivism analysis, cost-benefit analysis and legal analysis.

Abstract adapted from Crime Research Centre


Last updated: 6 September 2017
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