SMART Recovery Australia – About Us

Strategic Statements

Our Vision

Make SMART Recovery accessible to all people living in Australia.

Our Purpose

Empower Australians with practical skills, tools and support to manage addictive behaviour.

Our Social Impact

SMART Recovery Australia helps people help each other to manage addictive behaviours for the improvement of the community’s health and social well-being.

Our Values


We engage with the unique circumstances of each individual


We honour our values and principles


We acknowledge people’s thoughts, feelings, choices, experiences, beliefs and privacy.

Our Principles

Evidence based

All our programs are based on scientific evidence and we encourage ongoing evaluation.


We encourage creative development of our programs in line with new evidence.


We welcome opportunities to work with others to achieve common goals for people.


People who have lived experience are central to guiding what we do.

Harm Minimisation

SMART Recovery Australia supports harm minimisation. Read our position statement here.

Strategic Directions 2019 - 2022


The first SMART Recovery group started in the USA in 1994. SMART Recovery commenced in Australia in 2004. It was piloted and trialled at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital to offer the community another recovery treatment option.

The pilot program’s success allowed SMART Recovery Australia to become an independent non-profit organisation in 2007. It also enabled SMART Recovery Australia to expand the scope of the program to all addictions, not just alcohol and other drugs. SMART Recovery Australia expanded nationwide at that time.

Our Scorecard

About SMART Recovery in Australia

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