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 (for both managers and ‘the shop floor’) and higher-level workplace compliance advice (for WHS and Drug and Alcohol Policy obligations).

To support this work, it has produced three key publications:

A Handbook of Alcohol, Drugs and Workplace Risk (2017)

The Little Blue Book of Workplace Mental Health (2019)

The Little Blue Book of Mental Health – COVID-19 Edition (2020)

ADA Australia is self-funded through its own activities with a now numerous and growing list of corporate clients, unions, NGOs and mid-tier businesses and organisations.


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 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 the following two key publications which form the content basis for the training solutions offered:

The Little Blue Book of Workplace Mental Health (2019), and
A Handbook of Alcohol, Drugs and Workplace Risk (2017)

Both publications being the copyright property of,and authored and published by, ADA Australia.

All ADA Australia course materials, handbooks and presentations have been reviewed by clinical psychologists (internal and external) and experienced practitioners in AOD training and interventions and in workplace mental health training and interventions.

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 & Co-founder

Formerly a successful VFL footballer and carrying his own story of depression, addiction, mental illness and recovery. In 2015, Darren established a rehabilitation centre in Victoria 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’.

Matthew Duncan

Non-executive Director

Matthew was CEO of Trivett Group, also a founder, shareholder and alternate director of the unlisted public company One Way Traffic, trading as CarsGuide.com.au (a JV with News Limited). He is now shareholder, director and partner in JWT Bespoke, a boutique advisory and investment business. Matthew is also currently involved with the Salvation Army as a member of the ‘Drive 4 Life’ board.


Greg Duncan OAM

With his son Matthew, Greg owned and operated the Trivett Group – the largest prestige automotive retailer in Australia – selling to Inchcape Plc in 2013. Greg is the Chairman of the Board of Management of Cox Automotive Australia (CAA) and a director to Automotive Holdings Group, Australia’s largest automotive group (appointed March 2015).

Hon. Simon Crean

Simon has assisted ADA Australia since its inception (2016). Formerly President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1985-90, then elected to the Federal parliament and holding various portfolios in Government including Minister of Science and Assistant Treasurer. Simon rose to deputy leader before becoming leader of the Labor Party 2001-2003. He is now on a number of boards both corporate and not-for-profit in logistics, agriculture, education and corporate strategy.

Carole Crean

Carole too has been involved with ADA Australia since its beginnings. Formerly a secondary teacher, Carole moved into policy development in the Education Department of Victoria, then began a long association with mental health and mental health programs via her involvement with the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFA). There, she established the “Embrace the Future – Young Australians Mental Health and Wellbeing” initiative, a mental wellness awareness and education project for young Australians, which has developed into “Resilience Australia”. In 2017, she became Secretary of the MHFA at the amalgamation of the MHFA and the Mental Health Foundation of Victoria (the oldest NFP and NGO organisation in the mental health sector in Victoria).


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