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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Queensland drug court program



The Drug court program aims to help offenders in Queensland overcome their drug dependence and associated criminal behaviour through court enforced and supervised rehabilitation programs. These courts deal specifically with the sentencing of people who are drug dependent and can demonstrate that their offence was committed to support their illicit drug use.

On referral to the Drug court program, the offender must be willing to undergo assessments by staff from Queensland Health and Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) to determine their suitability for rehabilitation. Once on an Intensive drug rehabilitation order (IDRO), a person must abide by the strict terms and conditions set by the Court including participation in treatment and QCS probation and parole directed rehabilitation programs.

There are drug courts in Beenleigh, Ipswich, Southport, Cairns and Townsville.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Health


Queensland Courts
Queensland illicit court drug diversion program
Brisbane Magistrates Court
240 Roma Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
Ph: (07) 3836 0677
Fax: (07) 3236 0868

Related publications

Payne J (2008)

The Queensland Drug Court: a recidivism study of the first 100 graduates.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology


Last updated: 3 September 2015
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