Established late 2004 by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM), the key objective of the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee (NLGDAAC) is to focus on reducing the impact of alcohol and other drugs across Australia, from capital cities to remote areas, by advocating local government perspectives to national and state policy makers.

In addition to a committee of representatives from nine (9) councils, the NLGDAAC represents a larger network of approximately 100 urban and rural councils (and local government associations) across Australia via the Local Government Drug Electronic Network (NLGDEN).

The NLGDEN was formed to facilitate information exchange; promote member activities, and to encourage local government input into national and state policy and programming. Members are committed to local government’s fundamental role to reduce harm in local communities caused by the use of alcohol and other drugs.

The NLGDEN is now included in the LGADIN network.

The context in which the Committee works is within the harm minimisation framework, working towards the health and well being of individuals and the community, and the development of community resilience.