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 BA – Director & Chairman
Greg holds a BA with 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, 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 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 eight years. She is committed to harm reduction and social justice.
Annie Madden - Director
Annie Madden is the newest member of the Drug Policy Australia Board and comes with vast experience in drug policy advocacy and campaigning for human rights for all, regardless of their lifestyle choices in Australia and internationally.
Annie spent 16 years as the CEO of the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), a peer based drug user organisation that promotes human rights and the right to health of people who use drugs.
Annie is currently studying for a PhD in Community Engagement at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW.
Advisory Board & Patrons
Tony Trimingham OAM
Tony is the founder of Family Drug Support NSW, a not-for-profit organization that provides referral and support for families coping with drug addiction and drug-related death, including a program called Stepping Stones to Success and a 24-hour helpline.
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 Centreand 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.