Gold Coast Drug Council Inc - PO Box 2655, Burleigh MDC QLD 4220 - Phone: (07) 5535 4302 - Fax: (07) 5576 2512


Queensland Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative offers professional health interventions as an alternative to the criminal justice system. It is designed for people arrested for first-time minor drug offences and provides offenders with an opportunity and an incentive to address their drug use early, and in many cases, before incurring a criminal record.

Clients of all ages are referred following arrest for first-time drug offences.

The Queensland Police refers clients to the Diversion Co-ordination Service, who then refer clients to the QIDDI Program. If the client does not attend the appointed session for a QIDDI assessment, the QLD Police are notified of non-compliance.

Clients are required to attend a confidential 1- 2 hour education and assessment session with a QIDDI counsellor. Based on the assessment during the session, clients are then often referred to other services such as out-client support; counselling; or residential treatment.

The QIDDI counsellor may also engage in individual counselling with the client for a limited amount of additional sessions.

The QIDDI Program is based at 191 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, Qld and at 5 Nerang Street, Southport, Qld.

This program is free of charge to clients and is funded by the Queensland Department of Health.