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-Indigenous Board, with members currently from Darwin, Galiwin’ku, Bathurst Island, Wadeye (Port Keats), Maningrida and Groote Eylandt; and a minimum 70% Indigenous staff body. CAAPS has been operating for more than 25 years with the support of the Northern Territory’s remote communities and the dioceses of the Northern Territory’s Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches.


Our Clients

Our clients and their families come all the way from Pirlangimpi to Mutitjulu, and from Derby in Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland.

Our Partners

We have strong relationships with a number of organisations including the Roper Gulf Shire Council, Ironbark Employment, Mission Australia, Save the Children, Larrakia Nation, the Department of Education and Training NT, St Vincent De Paul, Kormilda College, St Johns College, East Arnhem Shire Council, Curtin University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Teritiary Education.

Our Vision and Mission

It is the vision of CAAPS to provide excellence in service delivery in the area of substance misuse.

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.


Membership of CAAPS is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons 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. Non-Indigenous persons must be accepted by Aboriginal or Islander Persons as sensitive to and supportive to their cultural identity and all members must adhere to the policies, procedures and work practices of CAAPS.


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 Board Members.

CAAPS is governed by an elected Board comprising up to three CAAPS members from each of: the Catholic Diocese of Darwin; the Anglican Church Diocese of the Northern Territory; and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress; and up to three appointed members from the Darwin- Palmerston region.

Two out of three of the nominees must be Aboriginal people and there should be at least one woman and one man from each demonimation. 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 members under these conditions, provided they are accepted as sensitive to and supportive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identities.


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