Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email

Skip to content

Key resources

  • Bibliography
  • Health promotion
    Health promotion
  • Health practice
    Health practice
  • Yarning places
    Yarning places
  • Programs
  • Organisations
  • Conferences
  • Courses
  • Funding
  • Glossary

Forensic Drug Treatment (COATS)



The Forensic Drug Treatment (COATS) program (formerly known as Community Offenders Advice and Treatment Service) is a state-wide program that administers both State and Commonwealth funded drug treatment pathways for Victorian offenders.  

COATS provides specialist alcohol and other drugs assessments, treatment planning, and purchase of drug treatment for clients in prison as part of their parole, ensuring that on release from prison they are connected into a wide range of drug treatment services and supports across Victoria. On average Australian Community Support Organisation supports over 2,500 people a year through referrals into drug treatment options including:

Abstract adapted from Australian Community Support Organisation


Australian Community Support Organisation
1 Hoddle St
Richmond Vic 3121
PO Box 14278
Melbourne Vic 8001
Ph: (03) 9413 7000
Fax: (03) 9413 7188

Related publications

COATS: Community Offender Advice & Treatment Service (2009)

Australian Community Support Organisation

This brochure provides details on the Community offender advice and treatment service (COATS) program in Victoria. The brochure provides information on:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

KPMG (2014)

Evaluation of the Drug Court of Victoria: final report: Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Melbourne: Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


Last updated: 27 June 2017
Return to top

Australia's National Research Centre on AOD Workforce Development National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre National Drug Research Institute