◾ Promote a healthy lifestyle and safer drinking practices, and the development and promotion of actions and advice which will reduce alcohol-related and substance abuse problem for the nation.
◾ Implement strategic plans which will promote health awareness attitudes, collate and disseminate information and statistics on the prevalence of use and abuse of substances, produce publications and researched reports and advise government on policies to reduce problems related to the abuse of alcohol and other substances.
◾ To make recommendations to the Minister or any other person as the Council thinks fit with respect to the advertising of liquor, whether generally or through any particular media, and the need to regulate or in any way restrict any such advertising.
◾ To make regulations to carry into effect the provisions of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Act 1998.
◾ To encourage, promote, sponsor and cooperate research into:
▸ the use and abuse of liquor and substances in Fiji.
▸ public attitudes in Fiji towards the use of liquor and substances in Fiji.
▸ problems associated with or consequent upon the misuse of liquor and abuse of substances in Fiji.
▸ means of minimizing the harmful effects of liquor and substance abuse.
◾ To encourage, promote, sponsor and cooperate in the dissemination to the public or to any class of persons, of information relating to any problem that is or may be associated with or consequent upon the abuse of drugs and substances.
◾ To device, promote, sponsor, conduct and to encourage and cooperate in the preparation and conduct of educational programmes for the public or for any class of persons (including persons attending schools or other educational institutions, and persons who may, for any reason, be at special risk in respect of drugs and substance abuse problems) designed to discourage the abuse of liquor and substances.
◾ To encourage and promote the treatment, care and rehabilitation of person’s adversely affected by the abuse of liquor and substances whether by themselves or others.
◾ To encourage, promote, sponsor and co-operate in the preparation, publication, and dissemination to interested bodies, associations and persons of research papers, thesis and other reports relating to any matter with which the Council is concerned.
◾ To obtain, monitor, analyse, collate, and disseminate to the interested bodies, associations or persons in Fiji information from overseas relating to any matter with which the Council is concerned.
◾ To encourage, promote, sponsor, and co-operate in the preparation and publication of a bibliography of literature relating to any matter with which the Council is concerned.
◾ To make grants from its Substance Abuse Account to a body or association approved by the Council, to engage in any activity in any field with which the Council is concerned.
◾ To charge reasonable fees for any material published by it or made available by it to the public.
◾ The Council may require a Government Ministry, department, statutory body, commercial organisation or other non-governmental organisation to supply statistics and data necessary to enable it to prepare a report and recommend action.