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Review of the first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy

by Schwartzkoff J, Wilczynski A, Reed-Gilbert K, Jones L

Year 2008
City Canberra
Institution Urbis
Date June 2008


The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) released the 'Review of first phase of the petrol sniffing strategy' prepared by Urbis. The Petrol Sniffing Strategy (PSS) involves an eight point plan that includes both supply reduction and demand reduction strategies which aims to:

  • reduce both incidence and impact of petrol sniffing in a defined area of Central Australia by addressing the social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a regional and comprehensive response to petrol sniffing to establish the utility of expanding the strategy to other regions.

Overall, stakeholders regard the eight point plan of the PSS as a realistic effort to address the petrol sniffing problem. The Opal fuel has succeeded in substantially reducing the level of petrol sniffing, though more needs to be done in relation to strengthening and supporting communities, and engaging young people. It is believed that improved consultation and sharing of information is needed, and that maintaining a focus on petrol sniffing is important until such time as it is sufficiently reduced, and then issues around sniffing can be seen in the broader context of alcohol and other drugs problems and their associated policy responses.

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  • Petrol Sniffing Strategy

    In 2005, the Australian Government implemented a whole-of-government Petrol Sniffing Strategy in response to the effects of petrol sniffing in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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