Each year the Department of Health and Human Services reviews the data elements of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Collection. This review - the annual changes process - seeks to ensure that alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sector data collected in Victoria:
- supports the department's state and national reporting obligations
- assists planning and policy development
- reflects changes in AOD treatment services funding and service provision arrangements for the coming financial year
- incorporates appropriate feedback from data providers on improvements.
The annual changes process is managed by the Health Services Data Unit and is governed by the VADC Change Control Group (CCG). The CCG is comprised of senior management representatives from the AOD treatment sector, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) and senior departmental staff.
The CCG provide advice for collection changes, consider the impact of changes for the AOD sector and ensure a coordinated, transparent approach to addressing changes.