Engagement

The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ wants to hear from communities and stakeholders in NSW about their experiences of and ideas about how to strengthen the response to Ice and other amphetamine type stimulants (‘ATS’), including MDMA (ecstasy), amphetamine, methamphetamine in all its forms (whether in the crystal form known as ‘Ice’, or other forms such as powder, paste, pill or liquid) and including illicit use of prescription amphetamine type substances such as used in management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

On 26 March 2019, the Special Commission published four Issues Papers. Submissions are invited on the questions raised in the Issues Papers and generally on issues falling within the Terms of Reference. The Special Commission is holding a series of hearings in Sydney and regional areas. Roundtable meetings with particular interest groups and experts will also be conducted during the course of the Inquiry, details of which will be available on this page.

Expert Advisory Panel

An Expert Advisory Panel has been established to provide advice to the Commissioner and Special Commission on priority issues raised by the terms of reference, stakeholder identification and engagement, the content of an issues paper, evidence gathering and the content of the Special Commission’s final report and recommendations.

The Panel will be chaired by the Commissioner and consists of members:

  • with expertise in health, drug addiction, treatment and rehabilitation
  • with expertise in drug education and harm minimisation
  • with expertise in law enforcement
  • who represent an Aboriginal organisation or community group
  • such other members as the Commissioner considers would be of assistance to the Inquiry.

The Special Commission held a meeting with the Expert Advisory Panel on 4 March 2019.

Download the terms of reference of the Expert Advisory Panel

The following persons have been selected for the Panel:

Andrew Scipione AO APM

Former Commissioner of the NSW Police Force

Judge Dina Yehia SC,

District Court Judge

Nicholas Cowdery AM QC

Former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions

Howard Brown

Victims Advocate

Professor Michael Farrell

Director National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Dr Bruce Westmore

Forensic Psychiatrist

Professor Steve Allsop

Director National Drug Research Institute - Curtin University

Garth Popple

Executive Director We Help Ourselves

Dr Nadine Ezard

Clinical Director Alcohol and Drug Service - Vincent’s Hospital, Director National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs

Dr Hester Wilson

Chair Specific Interests Addiction Medicine Network – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Peter Bodor QC

Assistant Commissioner (Legal) NSW Crime Commission 

Veronica Ganora

Consumer Representative

Dr Richard Matthews

Associate Professor at the UNSW School of Psychiatry

Dr Jeff Snars

Concord Centre for Mental Health

Mr Martin Nean

Aboriginal Health Representative

Dr Simon Longstaff

Executive Director of The Ethics Centre

First Nations Advisory Committee

A First Nations Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice to the Commissioner and the Special Commission on best practice in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities on the issues raised by the Commission’s terms of reference.  The Committee consists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experience:

  • in the health system particularly in drug treatment
  • in the criminal justice system
  • working with young people
  • working with elders
  • such other members as the Commissioner sees fit.

The Special Commission met with the First Nations Advisory Committee on 11 March 2019.

Download the terms of reference of the First Nations Advisory Committee [PDF, 341KB]

Government Liaison Group

The Government Liaison Group will advise the Special Commission on the availability of information and evidence related to issues raised by the terms of reference of the Special Commission.

In particular, the Government Liaison Group will be asked to provide advice regarding: 

  • available data and other evidence related to relevant issues the Commission is to examine
  • identifying stakeholders
  • the most appropriate process for facilitating access to witnesses
  • the most appropriate process for coordinating information requests within agencies.

The Liaison Group is to consist of senior executive staff from NSW Government agencies likely to be involved in the provision of information to the Special Commission.

The Special Commission met with the Government Liaison Group on 21 March 2019.