The specific roles of the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council are as follows:
(i) Regulatory Functions
make recommendations to the Minister or any other person as the Council thinks fit with respect to the advertising of liquor, whether generally or through any particular media, and the need to regulate or in any way restrict any such advertising;
make regulations to carry into effect the provisions of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Act 1998.
(ii) Policy Functions
make recommendations to the Government, Ministries, departments, authorities in the fields of health, education, social welfare, and industry, and any other public or private body, association, or person; regarding any matters referring to research dissemination of information and conduct of education programmes relating to liquor and other substances mentioned in paragraph 8(1)(a)-(c) and 8(2) (a)-(c) of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Act
consider and report to the Attorney-General upon any matter relating to the law governing the sale and consumption of liquor and substances or any proposed change thereto, or to the use or misuse of liquor and to the penalties relating to the use or abuse of the illegal substances, as may be referred to the Council by the Attorney-General
(iii) Service Delivery Functions
encourage,promote, sponsor and cooperate research into:
i.the use and abuse of liquor and substances in Fiji
ii.public attitudes in Fiji towards the use of liquor and substances in Fiji
iii.problems associated with or consequent upon the misuse of liquor and abuse of substances in Fiji
iv.means of minimizing the harmful effects of liquor and substance abuse
encourage, promote, sponsor and cooperate in the dissemination to the public or to any class of persons, of information relating to any problem that is or may be associated with or consequent upon the abuse of drugs and substances
device, promote, sponsor, conduct and to encourage and cooperate in the preparation and conduct of educational programmes for the public or for any class of persons (including persons attending schools or other educational institutions, and persons who may, for any reason, be at special risk in respect of drugs and substance abuse problems) designed to discourage the abuse of liquor and substances
encourage and promote the treatment, care and rehabilitation of person’s adversely affected by the abuse of liquor and substances whether by themselves or others
encourage, promote, sponsor and co-operate in the preparation, publication, and dissemination to interested bodies, associations and persons of research papers, thesis and other reports relating to any matter with which the Council is concerned;
obtain, monitor, analyse, collate, and disseminate to the interested bodies, associations or persons in Fiji information from overseas relating to any matter with which the Council is concerned;
encourage, promote, sponsor, and co-operate in the preparation and publication of a bibliography of literature relating to any matter with which the Council is concerned
make grants from its Substance Abuse Account to a body or association approved by the Council, to engage in any activity in any field with which the Council is concerned;
charge reasonable fees for any material published by it or made available by it to the public.
(iv) Monitoring/Compliance Functions
The Council may require a Government Ministry, department, statutory body, commercial organisation or other non-governmental organisation to supply statistics and data necessary to enable it to prepare a report and recommend action.