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Northern Territory


Northern Territory Department of Health (2014)

Volatile substance abuse (VSA) management areas and plans.

Retrieved 2014 from

This web page provides information on Volatile substance abuse management plans in the Northern Territory and how to use volatile substances responsibly. Other information includes:

  • guidelines for contractors visiting communities
  • a list of communities with Volatile substance abuse management plans
  • powers vested under the Volatile substance abuse prevention act.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Volatile Substance Use Prevention Act (2006)

Northern Territory Government

The objectives of the Volatile Substance Abuse Preventiuon Act are to support child, family and social welfare and improve the health of people in the Territory by providing a legislative framework for the prevention of volatile substance use.

The framework enables the following actions to be taken to achieve the objects:

  • the seizure and disposal of volatile substances that are being abused
  • the relocation to places of safety, or to responsible adults, of persons abusing volatile substances who may pose a risk to the health and safety of themselves or others
  • the making of orders that persons at risk of severe harm as a result of abuse of volatile substances must participate in treatment programs
  • the making of management plans relating to the possession, supply and use of volatile substances in certain communities
  • the prosecution of persons for the unlawful supply of volatile substances
  • the protection of persons who give information to police officers about offences committed under the act.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Last updated: 7 March 2018
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