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Combined Australian Government response to two Senate Community Affairs References Committee reports on petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities

Posted on: 4 August, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 3, July 2010 - September 2010
Related to Policies Volatile substance use

Australian Government (2010)
Combined Australian Government response to two Senate Community Affairs References Committee reports on petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities
Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Australian Government introduced the Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS) in 2005. This report is the government’s response to Grasping the opportunity of Opal: assessing the impact of the Petrol Sniffing Strategy (2009), and its companion 2006 report, Beyond petrol sniffing: renewing hope for Indigenous communities.

The 2006 report contained 23 recommendations: 16 were accepted by the government; six were noted; and one gave rise to further consideration. The 2009 report contained 18 recommendations: 11 were accepted by the government; 6 were noted; and one gave rise to further consideration. Recommendations from the reports included: raising awareness in communities of the availability of assistance with the supply of Opal fuel; the expansion of the areas covered by the PSS eight point plan; a communication strategy in advance of future Opal fuel rollout; improved data collection on substance abuse including petrol sniffing by Indigenous people; consistent, longer term funding for programs under the PSS; the establishment of safe houses for those at risk of harm from intoxicated sniffers; rehabilitation facilities for petrol sniffers; and legislation to mandate the supply of Opal fuel.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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