Federal Budget May 2018

8 May 2018

HEALTH BUDGET: A GOOD START BUT MORE TO DO ON DRUG SUPPORT SERVICES

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has welcomed some additional funding for drug treatment in
tonight’s Federal Budget but is disappointed that other key harm reduction measures have missed out. AIVL is calling
on the Australian Government to abandon its planned trial of drug testing for welfare recipients and redirect that
funding into frontline services in the wake of the Budget. AIVL is also calling for a stronger focus on people exiting
custodial settings to strengthen Australia’s efforts under the new national blood borne virus (BBV) and sexually
transmissible infections (STI) strategies.

The full media release may be found here.