Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc

CAAPS is a community-based substance misuse service that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who are experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. CAAPS has an all-Aboriginal Board with members currently from Darwin and Tiwi. We strive to maintain a minimum 60% Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander staff body. CAAPS has been operating for 30 years and came into being with the support of the Northern Territory’s remote communities and the diocese of the Northern Territory’s Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches. CAAPS is registered as an Aboriginal Corporation under the CATSI Act (2006).

About us

Our Clients

Our Clients

Our clients and their families come from all regions of the Northern Territory with some coming from other states in the Top End. Currently around 25% come from the Darwin region, slightly fewer from the Katherine region and about 25% from Eastern and Western Arnhem Land combined. The remainder are from the Daly region, the Tiwi Islands and a few from the Barkly region and Central Australia.

Our Values

The values at CAAPS are expressed in the following way: • CARING Care for clients and the community; Caring for culture; and Caring for team and CAAPS work • INTEGRITY Doing what is right; Doing what we say we are going to do; Acting with professionalism • PRIDE Pride for self, Pride amongst clients, Pride toward CAAPS • HARMONY Working together; Showing empathy for others; Accepting difference • EMPOWERMENT Enabling people to be the best they can be; Grow stronger; Strive for equality • RESPECT Recognise the rights of self and others; Value culture; Act with consideration

Our Vision and Mission

Vision It is the vision of CAAPS to provide excellence in service delivery in the area of substance misuse. Mission CAAPS is a family focussed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation whose mission is to provide evidence based assistance to overcome problems caused by substance misuse, while raising public awareness and advocating for client and community need. CAAPS envisages an organisation with support facilities based in communities. It is imperative that we remain sensitive and aware of the needs of our partners and clients. It is also essential that we communicate these needs to the public and that we contribute to government policy.


Application for membership of CAAPS is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who are residents of the Northern Territory, and are openly accepted by their family and community as maintaining a culturally responsible lifestyle in relation to alcohol and other drugs. Under the newly adopted Rule Book (2014) non-Aboriginal members can assist as advisors or volunteers and do not have voting rights.


CAAPS is governed by a Board which is elected by the Members. Please see the Board Members section for photos and information about our current care taker Board Members. Membership of CAAPS is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who live in the Northern Territory. They must be accepted by family and community as maintaining a culturally responsible and sober lifestyle and they must agree with CAAPS’ policies, procedures and practices. Non-Indigenous people may also be associate members, provided they are accepted as sensitive to and supportive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identities, however under the newly adopted Rule Book they do not have voting rights.

Our Partners

Our Partners

We have strong relationships with a number of organisations including Danila Dilba Health Service, Anglicare, Somerville, Larrakia Nation, Curtin University, and Menzies School of Health. CAAPS has signed Memorandums of Understanding with St Vincent De Paul NT, DAIWS Men’s Program, Swinburne University of Technology (Pilot under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy) and the Black Dog Institute (Trial I-Bobbly suicide prevention application). We also have an MOU to run a pilot training program for our clients to provide workready skills through YouthWorxNT and BCA National.


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