Providing quality programs and services that reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms to communities requires a capable, healthy and motivated workforce. The research purpose is to better understand, prioritise and enhance sector capacity to attract, develop, engage and retain the non-government AOD workforce in NSW and VIC. The research studies how leaders and managers experience work, professional development opportunities, and careers challenges. The research findings will build an evidence base for improving organisational and governmental policy and practice, to create good quality work for all. Accordingly, increased awareness and implementation of evidence-based findings about the AOD sector workforce will benefit AOD services and the communities and people they serve.