Clean needle program
The program provides a range of services including the provision of sterile needles and syringes, sharps disposal containers and disposal facilities, information, education, and referral for people who inject drugs.
Similar programs in other states and territories are known as Needle and Syringe Programs.
To find your nearest Clean Needle Program site please download the CNP Site List.
Metropolitan and country Clean Needle Program sites
To find your nearest Clean Needle Program site please download the CNP site LIST.
To find your nearest Clean Needle Program site that has a Hepatitis SA Peer Educator please visit
The Needle and Syringe Program information kit provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Clean Needle Program.
The kit consists of two booklets:
- Needle and Syringe Program: Your questions answered
- Needle and Syringe Program: A review of the evidence.
For information on:
- Safe disposal of used needles and syringes (Sharps Disposal)
- Safe disposal related legislation.
Clean Needle Program Administration
Benefits of the Clean Needle Program
The Clean Needle Program reduces blood borne virus transmission and increases other health and social outcomes effectively, safely and cost efficiently. This is achieved by the provision of a range of services to people who inject drugs including:
the distribution of sterile needles and syringes and disposal equipment
the provision of information and education about safer injecting practices and safe disposal practices
referral to a variety of services such as drug treatment, health, legal, and social services.
Evidence shows participation in the Clean Needle Program results in:
- more clients accessing primary health care services
- higher rates of enrolment in drug treatment programs
- higher treatment retention rates.
The Clean Needle Program is also associated with:
- reduced rates of injecting
- increased cessation of injecting
- overall improvement in quality of life.
Return on investment
Australian Governments invested $243 million dollars in needle and syringe programs between 2000 and 2009. Australia wide, needle and syringe programs are estimated to have saved $1.28 billion dollars in downstream health care costs during this 10-year period. It is estimated that needle and syringe programs have directly averted 32,050 new HIV infections and 96,667 new hepatitis C infections.