ADA Australia began operations in 2016, offering drug and alcohol awareness training to businesses, unions, group apprenticeship schemes, sporting clubs and other community groups across Australia.

As it has grown, ADA Australia has expanded its services to include workplace mental health training and higher-level workplace compliance advice (for WHS and Drug and Alcohol Policy obligations).

Unique & easily-read


Uniquely, ADA Australia has produced its own easily-read publications (each clinically reviewed) which provide the content basis for the training solutions in AOD and mental health it offers.

It now provides AOD and workplace mental health training - to both 'the shop floor' and to team leaders and management - to numerous corporates, key unions, regulators, NGOs, and small and medium businesses around Australia.

If interested in building engagement, commitment and contentment among your people, and meeting your compliance obligations around mental health and AOD, talk to us, we have a tailored training solution (online and face-to-face) to suit.


Board of Directors

Anthony Pettiona

Non-executive Chairman
& Co-Founder

Anthony has previously held positions on the Executive Board of carsales.com Ltd and is currently a major shareholder and a Director of the Board of Drive.com.au and CarAdvice.com.au – in partnership with Nine Entertainment Co. Anthony has also been an active member of a number of recovery forums and foundations since 2015.

Darren Harland

Director &

Formerly a successful VFL footballer, Darren has also worked in the plumbing industry and on the waterfront in Melbourne. Carrying his own story of depression, addiction, mental illness and recovery, Darren established a rehabilitation centre in 2015 from which ADA Australia was born. Darren’s energy and charisma is the driving force behind ADA Australia and its focus on being ‘a force for good’.


All ADA Australia trainers carry both ‘lived experience’ and qualifications in counselling (among other qualifications and professional experience). Each has “been there”; and each is a testament to the power of recovery and the journey back from the end of a dark road of addiction.

They bring the searing honesty of their own journeys through depression, anxiety and alcohol and drug dependence, to each presentation.

Their ‘lived experience’ will find the mark with your people – particularly with those who may be confronting their own challenges.


ADA Australia has produced a unique and growing suite of publications and online and face-to-face training courses and workshops, each authored by industry professional Tim O'Brien,
ADA Manager of Research and Content.

The following publications form the content basis for the training solutions in AOD and mental health we provide to make your workplace safer, more productive, and more mentally healthy (to build engagement, commitment and contentment):

The Little Blue Book of WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH (2019)
The Little Blue Book of MENTAL HEALTH: COVID-19 EDITION (2020)
A Handbook of ALCOHOL, DRUGS and WORKPLACE RISK (2017)

Each publication is published exclusively by ADA Australia and is its copyright property. All ADA Australia course materials, handbooks and presentations have been reviewed by clinical psychologists (internal and external) and by experienced practitioners in AOD training and interventions and in workplace mental health training and interventions.