Position Vacant: Campaign Coordinator

Part-time / Full-time 2-year contract Responsible for ensuring the strength, ambition, and successful coordination of Penington Institute’s campaigns, including the globally renowned International Overdose Awareness Day Make a positive and tangible contribution to the community Generous salary including packaging options The Organisation: Penington Institute is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation connecting lived experience and research to improve community safety in relation [...]

2022-05-23T17:24:42+10:00May 23rd, 2022|

2022-23 Victorian Budget a missed opportunity: strong focus on healthcare but failure to properly fund harm reduction

Penington Institute believes the marginal investment in drug and alcohol treatment and support services in the 2022-23 Victorian State Budget is a missed opportunity that undermines Victoria’s harm minimisation response to the impact of drugs in the community. Penington Institute CEO, John Ryan said that while the investment in some new treatment initiatives in regional and rural Victoria was welcome, [...]

2022-05-04T13:17:23+10:00May 4th, 2022|

Penington Institute welcomes recommendations from the Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System

Penington Institute commends the work of the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee on this important report and encourages the Victorian Government to consider all recommendations, in further consultation with stakeholders. Many of the Committee’s findings align with Penington Institute’s own research findings and experience working with frontline workers. Here we highlight six recommendations from the report, which are [...]

2022-04-04T09:59:51+10:00March 30th, 2022|

2022-23 Federal Budget prioritises national health emergency

Penington Institute welcomes the Australian Government’s important investment in drug and alcohol treatment and support services in the 2022-23 Federal Budget, including the roll-out of a national Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program. Penington Institute CEO, John Ryan congratulated the Australian Government on this investment, highlighting the national and global health emergency presented by overdose. “Unintentional death from overdose in Australia [...]

2022-04-04T10:03:17+10:00March 29th, 2022|

Change of Auditor for Penington Institute

Penington Institute has changed its auditors following a decision of the Board on 25 June 2019 which was endorsed by members at the AGM on 19 November 2019. The decision to change auditors was based on the recommendation of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee to change auditors at regular intervals. The previous auditors had been in place for 10 years. The [...]

2020-06-02T19:06:56+10:00June 2nd, 2020|


Penington Institute is responding to the unfolding COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak by creating a series of informational resources for people who use drugs, their family and friends, and the sector. These resources are designed to provide clear and practical advice. Read more

2022-02-26T14:03:46+11:00March 19th, 2020|