Drug Policy Australia Limited was incorporated in May 2014 and is registered as a Health Promotion Charity (HPC) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
Our registration with the Australian Charities & Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) can be viewed here: ACNC
Our registration on the Australian Business Register (ABR), showing our various tax concessions, can be viewed here: ABR
We also have been granted Consultative Status with the United Nations which allows us to work at the international level to improve the United Nations drug treaties that underpin Australia’s drug policies.
The organisation is funded by way of private donations and membership subscriptions and does not accept government grants or any other form of government funding. One of our guiding principles is to remain independent of government, religious or corporate vested interests so that we are able to effectively advocate for policy positions that may be contrary to those currently promoted by Federal or State governments.
Drug Policy Australia is governed by a Board of Directors, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation. The Directors are assisted by an Advisory Board comprised of a number of nationally and internationally renowned experts in drug addiction issues. The Advisory Board provides the Directors with advice and support but has no responsibility for the operations of the organisation.
Board of Directors
Greg Chipp – Managing Director & Chairman
Greg holds a BA with a double major in Law and Philosophy from Monash University and has been actively involved in public policy development and advocacy through his involvement with the Australian Democrats political party, founded by his father, Don Chipp, from the 1970s. Greg is primarily responsible for driving policy development and the strategic direction of the organisation.
Dr John Sherman – Director
John’s a medical doctor who has spent decades treating and caring for addicts in St Kilda and Footscray, and currently runs a clinic with 1,000 patients on pharmacotherapy substitute opiate therapies such as Methadone and Suboxone. He has a deep understanding of the devastating effects of drug dependency on addicts and their families.
John provides the organisation with a perspective on policy issues that reflects his extensive practical, real-world experience in dealing with drug dependence issues.
Stephanie Tzanetis LLB. BA (Hon) Director
Stephanie is a lawyer who has worked in a diverse range of settings in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD), community law, and social services sectors, both in Australia and internationally over the past ten years. She is committed to harm reduction and social justice.
She has been Harm Reduction Victoria’s DanceWize program manager since July 2013 and is a member of the Pill Testing Australia consortium that worked on the 2018 and 2019 ACT trials and a board member of Drug Policy Australia and PRISM.
Lisa van Rooyen Director
Lisa is passionate about harm reduction and drug reform with one purpose – to save lives. A long-term resident of inner Melbourne, Lisa has been personally impacted by the crippling effect of drug addiction in her local community. She has also witnessed the positive impact that health services have had on people who struggle with addiction, loneliness and social exclusion and believes the best way to help is to support rather than punishment.
Joining the team in 2020, Lisa brings 20+ years of experience in operations and organisational change management.
Johann Hari - International Author and Public Speaker
Johann Hari is the author of two New York Times best-selling books. His first, 'Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs', is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood feature film, and into a non-fiction documentary series. His most recent book, 'Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions' is being translated into 17 languages and has been praised by a very broad range of people, from Hillary Clinton to Tucker Carlson, from Elton John to Naomi Klein.
He gave one of the most-viewed TED talks of all time: his talk, 'Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong', has (along with the animation based on it) been viewed more than 25 million times.
He has written over the past seven years for some of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Melbourne Age, and Politico. He is a regular panellist on HBO's Realtime With Bill Maher.
Johann was twice named 'National Newspaper Journalist of the Year' by Amnesty International. He has also been named 'Cultural Commentator of the Year' and 'Environmental Commentator of the Year' at the Comment Awards. He lives half the year in London and spends the other half of the year travelling to research his books.
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Michael Kirby was a long-time Judge in Australia and remains engaged with universal human rights.
He was President of the Court of Appeal of New South Wales (1984-96) and a Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009). He was also President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6). From 1975-84 he served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
Since his judicial retirement, he has taken part in many United Nations activities, including the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law and the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Essential Medicines. Between 2013-14, he chaired the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea. He is currently Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (2018-).
Michael Kirby’s work on the global pandemic of HIV and membership of the WHO Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92) convinced him of the need for radical revision of national and international drug law and policy, to bring this into closer alignment with universal human rights, proportionality and justice.
Tony Trimingham OAM
Tony is the founder and CEO of Family Drug Support, a not-for-profit organization that provides referral and support for families coping with drug addiction and drug-related death, including a 24-hour National Support Line manned by volunteers.
He started Family Drug Support in response to receiving requests from families seeking help for loved ones suffering drug issues after he went public about the death of his son Damien from a heroin drug overdose.
He has been a counsellor and group leader for 30 years and these skills have helped him assist many families who suffer from alcohol and drug use in the family.
Tony and his organisation have received many awards and accolades over the years.
In 1999 he was awarded an Australian Day Medallion by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. In 2004 Tony was awarded ‘The National Rolleston Award’ by the International Harm Reduction Association in recognition for his outstanding work in supporting families.
In 2005 Tony was honoured with an Order of Australia award for his work in the community. In 2008 Tony was a joint winner of the 2008 Prime Minister's award for Excellence and Outstanding Commitment to Drug and Alcohol Endeavours and also a 2010 Australia Day Ambassador.
Professor Nick Crofts MBBS MPH FAFPHM
Professor Crofts is an epidemiologist and public health practitioner who has worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS, illicit drugs, harm reduction and law enforcement for 30 years. His major epidemiological work has been on the control of HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users worldwide.
Nick worked at the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health for 19 years, was Deputy Director at Burnet for five years and was instrumental in building its Public and International Health arms. Previous to this, Nick was Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and developed the Law Enforcement and Public Health Program at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. He has been a member of Australia's National Council on AIDS three times and has consulted for WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, AusAID and other bilateral/multilateral agencies.
Most recently, Nick was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin.
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