Key messages

  • The Victorian Government has a long-term vision and framework for developing the alcohol and drug services workforce through to 2022.
  • The framework will support the development of a competent and sustainable drug and alcohol services workforce.
  • The implementation of this workforce strategy will help meet the needs of people with alcoholism and drug addiction issues (and their families) now and into the future.

The Minister for Mental Health released Victoria’s alcohol and drug workforce framework: strategic directions 2012–22 and Victoria’s alcohol and drug workforce framework: implementation plan 2012–15 in December 2012.

The strategic directions paper provides a vision for workforce planning and development for Victoria’s alcohol and drug treatment sector over the next 10 years. The implementation plan sets out the priority activities that need to be undertaken between 2012 and 2015 to progress the vision of the framework.

Together the 10-year framework and the three-year implementation plan present a new approach to alcohol and drug services workforce planning and development in Victoria. This supports alcohol and drug treatment reform and will drive the development of a competent and sustainable workforce that is well equipped to meet the needs of people with alcohol and drug addiction issues and their families, now and into the future.

The Victorian Government, through the Department of Health & Human Services, has partnered with the alcohol and drug treatment sector and other key stakeholders to design and implement the activities identified in the implementation plan. An expert working group was established to advise the department on alcohol and drug services workforce reform and innovation and to assist with implementing the plan.