Our History

The original campaign addressing secondary supply of alcohol to young people under 18 years of age was produced on the Central Coast of NSW as a partnership between the Health Promotion Unit (part of Central Coast Local Health District) and NSW Police. This campaign was known as ‘Supply Means Supply’.

In 2008, the Pittwater Community Drug Action Team implemented the ‘Supply Means Supply’ campaign across the Northern Beaches using modified versions of the resources developed on the Central Coast.

The Northern Beaches CDAT was later established in 2013 to respond to drug and alcohol issues in the community to better serve a regional focus.   In 2013 Secondary supply of alcohol to minors was again identified as an alcohol issue of concern. The CDAT responded by reinvigorating the original campaign focusing on new and contemporary resources including posters, bus back advertising, bus shelter advertising, website development and campaign messaging on bottle bags.

The Northern Beaches CDAT partnered with the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing in 2014 to make the Stop the Supply materials available to liquor accords across the state. In 2015, the full campaign expanded beyond the Northern Beaches and is now running in various locations throughout NSW.

The Stop the Supply campaign is highly valued amongst local services and the community and demonstrates the value and strength of partnerships.


Stop The Supply in Other Areas

The Stop The Supply Campaign (or elements of it) has been adopted by a range of Community Drug Action Teams (CDAT) and other government agencies. These include:

  • Kyogle CDAT
  • Yass CDAT
  • Broken Hill CDAT
  • Dorrigo-Bellengen CDAT
  • A.C.T. government
  • Tauranga City (New Zealand)


Stop The Supply at the Australian Open of Surfing

In 2016 & 2017 one of Stop The Supply’s key partners, NSLHD Health Promotion, sponsored the Australian Open of Surfing, Manly Beach.

A Stop The Supply banner appeared on the competition’s Skate/BMX Bowl during the event and a number of activities were undertaken to promote the Stop The Supply messages. This included a competition on Facebook and Instagram and public announcements. In 2017 competitors stopped to have their photo taken in front of a beach front Stop The Supply banner; these were shared on social media.

During both years of the competition, local Manly cafes and restaurants were supplied with Stop The Supply coffee cups to further spread the message about the supply of alcohol to minors laws.

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