Victorian Alcohol and Drug Collection (VADC) – news and updates

Project update

With the end of the first full quarter of VADC reporting nearing, it is great to see 54 funded agencies collecting live VADC data through their compliant client management systems. The remaining 30 in-scope agencies received implementation extensions, and are working hard to get their VADC systems up and running as soon as possible, with the majority set to transition at the start of quarter three.

It is vital that any agencies who are experiencing any delays in meeting their VADC go-live requirements including submitting data during test windows, communicate this to the department as soon as possible.

Data specification update – changes to business rules

The VADC business rules explain the criteria on which agency data will or will not be accepted by the department after it is submitted. The rules should reflect service delivery as much as possible and drive accurate data entry. With agencies now submitting live data, the department has been able to assess how the business rules work in practice. A number of issues have been identified through this process, and the 2018-19 VADC specification has been updated accordingly. The updated version is available at It is important for agencies to review updates and consider any impacts on data entry.

VADC Bulletin

Following feedback from the VADC Sector Reference group in November 2018, the department has committed to provide a regular update of the status of issues that are currently being investigated. This will be sent around to all in-scope funded agencies. It is also available online at

2019-20 changes

The department is working to release the 2019-20 version of the VADC specification as soon as possible. This is likely to be released at the end of December. The focus for the 2019-20 specification is making minor adjustments to code sets. Further information about this will be made available when the specification is updated.