Who We Are

We represent a grassroots network of students and allies working towards meaningful drug policy reform grounded in evidence, compassion and human rights.  
SSDP Australia recognises that the legacy of our current drug laws are steeped in historical racism and prejudice and the harms of drug use and of prohibition tend to affect already disadvantaged and marginalised groups disproportionately.  
We are committed to challenging the stigma of drug use and creating an inclusive environment that welcomes the participation of all people regardless of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, political persuasion, religious or spiritual beliefs, disability, blood-borne virus status, criminal record, age, parenting or caring status and psychoactive substance preference.

Want To Join Us?

 Want to get involved in the drug policy reform movement? Want to be a part of a community committed to improving society's relationship with drugs? Want to meet people who care about having fun and talking about serious topics?

Check out our list of existing chapters to see if there is an active chapter or other SSDPers on your campus, at your institution or nearby. If there is, get in touch with them and fill out their sign up form! If you don't have a local chapter, get in touch with us at hello@ssdp.org.au and we'll help you become a part of our national community and–if you're interested–help you set up a local chapter.  

Becoming a member of a chapter means you automatically receive SSDP Australia's national newsletter. If you don't have a local chapter to join and/or you want to become more involved with the development of SSDP Australia please become a full member of SSDP Australia by completing our sign up form and applying to become a volunteer. 

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In The News


By SSDP Australia
/ August 29, 2018

International Overdose Awareness Day 2018 (Penington Institute)

// Written by John Ronan, Penington Institute // Every year communities around the world come together on 31 August to...

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By SSDP Australia
/ May 22, 2018

Dependence on a War on Drugs

// Written by Tom Marratt, University of South Australia // This week, Steven Marshall, the Premier of South Australia, has...

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By SSDP Australia
/ March 25, 2018

Annual Report, Farewell to the Old Executive, and Welcome to the New Executive.

To all of our lovely SSDP members and our outstanding allies, we are excited to wish you all an absolutely...

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By SSDP Australia
/ March 15, 2018

Young people recent cannon fodder in the War on Drugs.

Written by Tara Schultz // (contributor): Ben Ormsby Recently, the Victorian State opposition announced a plan that could see young...

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Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 10:06am
Another festival, another death. A 19 year old dies and police tell us the problem is that “festival-goers are igno… https://t.co/OwXAbLDIor

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 1:13pm
In this fantastic essay, Dr Karen Hitchcock lays out The State of Drugs in Australia. From government policies wors… https://t.co/AQIm7U9tze

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 2:59pm
Drug policy reform counts - and it's YOUR vote. Get the facts and know what you're voting for when you number your… https://t.co/iSSzAZ0ZLh

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 2:48pm
We've been waiting a long time for this!!! <3 Tomorrow, UMSU University of Melbourne Student Union will be handing… https://t.co/cVRv8jTiSD



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