Safer communities

Community Ice Action Groups

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The Government is providing $500,000 over four years via an annual grants process to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups.

Community groups can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help tackle the drug ice in their local area.

Applications close on 20 June

Application guidelines Apply online

More drug and booze buses

The Victorian Government will invest $15 million for new drug and booze buses to make Victoria’s roads safer.

A dedicated road safety education program will also bring young drivers face to face with the consequences of bad decisions and unsafe driving. All learner drivers will receive defensive driving training to make them think twice about drug driving.

Strengthening the justice system

The Government is committed to reducing rates of re-offending and creating safer communities.

Victoria Police has developed a strategy in response to ice that includes a focus on reducing re-offending by using treatment and diversion programs.

A number of new offences will be introduced to target people who deal ice to school children or around school premises, publish instructions for how to make ice, allow a premises to be used as a clandestine drug lab and those who use violence or threats to force another person to deal ice.

Working with diverse communities

The Victorian Government will work with local communities and at-risk groups to prevent and reduce ice use, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.

For Aboriginal communities, strong partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, are critical to make sure community members have access to the services they need, when they need them.