Federal, State and Local Government Officers


Illicit Drugs and Drug Contamination - Fundamentals for Local Government Officers


All Local Government Officers including Environmental Health Officers, Rangers, Public and Community Safety Officers, Parks Maintenance, Waste Management and Facilities Supervisors (other role and risk specific courses available for Waste and Facilities staff), any other Local Government Officers seeking professional development in the area of illicit drugs.


2 Days

Course Description:

This course offers a candid and engaging insight into the world of illicit drugs and the complex public health and safety issues they create, providing a professional development opportunity rarely seen outside of forensic science and law enforcement in Australia.

Developed and presented by subject matter, national and internationally recognised experts, this course has been developed specifically for Environmental Health and other Local Government Officers, to support them in managing and responding to the range illicit drug related issues they may encounter. The course aims to provide participants with a factual and detailed understanding of the underlying science behind illicit drugs and drug contamination in a simple, practical and engaging format. The course will build participant knowledge in the specialist field of illicit drugs and drug contamination, covering not only common drugs of abuse, such as meth and the smoking of ice, but also examining new emerging drugs including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and their implication on public health community safety and contamination. The course will also cover a range of related subjects from the technical, such as hazard identification and risk characterisation, through to strategies for exercising regulatory or delegated powers, to officer safety and dealing with aggressive or violent individuals.

The course will build on existing professional knowledge in environmental and public health, drawing on both participant and presenters experience in an interactive and engaging learning experience which will provide participants with the confidence to make informed, risk and evidence-based decisions when confronted with, or when managing illicit drug or drug related contamination issues in their role as an environmental and public health professional.

Learning Outcomes:

This course is designed to build participant knowledge to allow Local Government Officers to recognise and understand illicit drug manufacture processes and associated drug use activities, and to develop their understanding of both the underlying chemical processes and toxicological principals to allow them to make informed risk-based decisions when encountering or managing illicit drug related environments. The course is also designed to build a detailed understanding of the physical and chemical safety issues associated with illicit drugs more broadly and the appropriate protection strategies to manage or mitigate exposure.