Pre-sentence opportunity program (POP)

The Pre-sentence Opportunity Program (POP) is an early intervention program to assist people who have drug use problems and who are attending court.

Early or low-level offenders who plead guilty to an offence, and who would normally receive a fine or community-based order, are suitable for the program.

Anybody who has reason to address the court about the offender’s case can request the offender be referred to POP. However, referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion.

If referred to the program, the offender’s case will be remanded for approximately eight weeks so they can access treatment for their drug use. A Diversion Officer will coordinate the treatment process. 

Following treatment, the offender returns to court for sentencing.

Please contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line or speak to the Drug Diversion Officer at your local magistrate's court for more information.

Electronic brochures with further information on the Pre-sentence Opportunity Program are available here