Alcohol and other drugs recommissioning 2021


$2.5 million per year

Funding Amount



Whole region



North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is recommissioning $2.5m of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment activity per year to better meet the needs of our community. 

The new approach is informed by input from service users and subject experts to ensure it addresses the needs of people using AOD treatment services, and is better integrated with relevant supports and services, such as mental health, primary care, housing and social services. 

To deliver on this, NWMPHN is co-designing the AOD recommissioning approach with stakeholders. This includes two stakeholder groups: 

  • The Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) includes people who have lived expertise through their lives having been affected by AOD use. This group also reflects the diversity of our region.  
  • The AOD Subject Matter Expert Reference Group (SME) provides clinical expertise and insight on contemporary evidence informed practice into the development of new AOD models of care.

The insights from this process will inform our recommissioning process, consistent with the Primary Health Network Guidelines and Policies for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services.

Tender release

We expect the tender opportunity to be released in May 2021. It will be released through Tenderlink, our online e-tender portal. We encourage all prospective tenderers to register early so that they receive all notifications for this and other tender opportunities at NWMPHN.

To register, go to Only organisations registered with Tenderlink will be notified through the system when the tender is available.

The tender will also be posted on our Tenders & EOI page and promoted in our Network News e-newsletter.

Project updates

We are undertaking a series of co-design workshops to inform the tender that we will adopt in the recommissioning of AOD services. To facilitate this process, we have partnered with the Association of Participating Service Users, Clear Horizon and Harm Reduction Victoria.

The workshops are intended to co-design opportunities for improving (AOD) service delivery with experts with a lived experience and experts from the sector.

Read our project updates for more information:

 Project update 1 – 22 March 2021 (.pdf)

 Project update 2 – 29 March 2021 (.pdf)


A key focus will be ensuring the services are accessible and able to provide culturally responsive care for our diverse communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTIQ communities. 

More information on expected outcomes will be provided on release of the tender (expected mid-2021). Watch this page, register for Tenderlink and subscribe to our Network News for updates.


For any questions or feedback, please email

Please note: any feedback will be de-identified and provided for consideration to the consultants facilitating the recommissioning co-design process.