DASA is a non profit organisation that has been delivering services to Alice Springs & Central Australia for over thirty years.  What started out as a small group of concerned community members grew firstly into the opening of a Sobering Up Shelter, followed by Aranda House residential service, the Transitional After Care Program and the Independent Living Facility.  The Outreach Team commenced in 2004 and weaves the services of DASA together.

DASA also delivers the Back On Track Drink Driver Program and can customise alcohol and other drug programs for delivery in any setting under fee for service arrangements.


A healthy and safe community in Central Australia without the harmful effects of substance misuse.


DASA walks beside people to free them from the grip of drug and alcohol addictions by:

- Providing client driven care from crisis to independent living

- Teaching clients skills for life

- Advocating for and on behalf of clients

- Providing supported residential services for clients

- Delivering preventative and continuing education

- Delivering Therapeutic Interventions

- Connecting people through Outreach


These principles guide the work that we do:

Client access and equity is a focus for DASA. It is acknowledged that DASA is for anyone working, unemployed, Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal regardless of (dis)ability, culture, sexual orientation or ability to afford services. DASA is aware of and responds to the changing cultural diversity in Alice Springs.

DASA recognises the individual’s right to self-determination and decision-making, but also recognises the responsibility of society to provide an environment where personal development towards a better lifestyle is supported and valued.

DASA service delivery is based on the Therapeutic Community Model.  This model is one where everyone is a decision maker and takes responsibility for themselves and the impact of their actions on the community.

DASA follows the harm minimisation philosophy whereby people set their own healing goals.  Clients are supported to develop a treatment plan that can include a range of goals from managed and safe use through to total abstinence.

DASA recognises the importance of integrated service delivery and highly values the contribution of other service delivery organisations.

DASA is responsive to the changing environment and community needs. Service delivery is based on our own evidence as well as that of relevant organisations. DASA accepts relevant anecdotal evidence as valid. Current areas of demand include: women with children or babies; methamphetamine use; outreach and increased need for services during significant community events.

DASA focuses on continuous quality improvement by maintaining our accreditation against National Standards.  This includes collating client feedback and using it to improve service delivery.