Matt Noffs & Mick Palmer

Co-Founder of the Street Universities & CEO of the Noffs Foundation and Former Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police
'Our drug laws are hurting people and our leaders know it'
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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Matt Noffs
Matt Noffs is the co-founder of the Street Universities and CEO of the Noffs Foundation, Australia’s largest drug and alcohol treatment service provider for young people under 25.

The Noffs Foundation works with young people for up to 5 years after leaving treatment. Young people’s drug use dropped by over 50% – that’s for all drugs – after finishing residential treatment, while criminal activity also dropped by a half. Where 1 in 2 young people were experiencing suicidal ideation on entering the program, only 1 in 10 still felt suicidal on leaving. The Street Universities focus on issues related to drugs, mental health, employment, education and crime, and over 10,000 young people frequent one of their 7 locations across Australia each year. In 2011, the Federal Government wrote to the Noffs Foundation stating that the Liverpool Street University had significantly contributed to crime reduction in the Liverpool/Fairfield areas.

Matt is the author of the bestselling ‘Breaking The Ice’. His latest book ‘Addicted?’, which he co-authored with Kieran Palmer is published by HarperCollins and is in store now.

Matt, both in his role at Noffs Foundation and HRA was recently one of the driving forces behind Australia’s first pill-testing trial.

Matt can be found at:

You can buy Matt’s books here:

Mick Palmer AO APM
Mick is a 33 year career police officer with extensive experience in police leadership and reform in community, national and international policing. He served as Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Service agency from 1988-1994 and as Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) from 1994 until March 2001. Since retiring from policing in 2001 Mick has conducted a range of government inquiries and reviews, including the inquiry into the immigration detention of Cornelia Rau. From 2004 until 2012, he was the Australian Federal Government’s Inspector of Transport Security with responsibility to inquire into serious transport security and offshore security matters. He is a former member of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, a former adjunct professor with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, and an Emeritus Director at Australia 21.