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The data presented in this report are sourced from a range of different data collections from several agencies and organisations, including the:
Each of the data sources provide a part of the story of alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Data sources include a range of methodologies such as:
Consolidating these data sources across multiple collections into one place provides a more complete story of current and emerging trends. However, it is also important to note methodological differences that can influence the comparability of results across collections (for example, see Technical notes: Comparison of national data sources on smoking and alcohol consumption).
The data contained in this report will be updated when more recent data become available. Further information about the data sources used in this report are available here.
Frequency of publication
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
Every 6 years
Includes a range of health data including behavioural health risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It combines the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) with a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NATSINPAS) and a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey (NATSIHMS).
National Health Survey
Every 3 years
Smoking rates, alcohol consumption and substance use, and links to other health issues.
Apparent consumption of alcohol
Estimates of apparent consumption of alcohol based on the availability of alcoholic beverages in Australia.
Recorded Crime - Offenders
Persons proceeded against by police by principal offence (broadly illicit drugs).
Criminal Courts Australia
Defendants finalised by principal offences (broadly illicit drugs).
Crime Victimisation Australia
People's experiences of a selected range of personal and household crimes.
Prisoners in Australia
National statistics on all persons remanded or sentenced to adult custodial corrective services.
Burden of disease: Impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Data on the fatal and non-fatal burden of alcohol and illicit drug disorders on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Burden of disease: Impact and Causes of illness and death in Australia
Previous update used 2011 data
Data on the fatal and non-fatal burden of alcohol and illicit drug disorders on population groups.
National Drug Strategy Household Survey
Data on Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia.
National Mortality database
Data on records for deaths in Australia from 1964.
Specialist Homelessness Services annual report
Clients by need for services (alcohol and drug counselling).
Youth Justice in Australia
Information about young people under youth justice supervision in Australia.
Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set
Data on alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia.
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistical Annual Data Collection (NOPSAD)
The NOPSAD collection provides information on a snapshot day in June 2020 on clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, the doctors prescribing opioid pharmacotherapy drugs, and the dosing points.
Australian Secondary School Students’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2017
Lifetime and current use of tobacco, alcohol, analgesics, tranquilisers and illicit substances and related behaviours, 12–17 year olds.
In particular, subsections:
Counting the costs of crime in Australia: a 2011 estimate
Data on the human economic cost of drug abuse in Australia.
Drug use monitoring in Australia: Drug use among police detainees, 2019
Data on changes in alcohol and other drug consumption habits among Australian police detainees and through its monitoring and reporting of fluctuations in the illicit drug market.
Illicit Drug Data Report
National data on the illicit drug market, including arrests, detections, seizures, purity, profiling and price data.
National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (NWDMP) Report
3 times a year
The NWDMP measures the presence of 13 drugs (both licit and illicit) in samples obtained from wastewater treatment plants in capital city and regional sites across Australia.
Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)
A national illicit drug monitoring system with interviews with a sample of regular injecting drug users, interviews with experts and additional contextual information. The IDRS monitors the price, purity and availability of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis and other drugs. Along with trends in the use and harms of these drugs.
The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)
The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is a national monitoring system for ecstasy and related drugs that is intended to identify emerging trends of local and national interest in the markets for these drugs.
Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS)
Non–random national sample 3,400 risky drinkers. The participants were recruited online and screened to check whether their qualified to be in the top 25% of risky drinkers. The survey looks into the risky drinking patterns of adolescents aged 14–19, by taking a ‘snapshot’ of the details of their most recent risky drinking occasion.
Australian Needle Syringe National Data report
The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) provides serial point prevalence estimates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibodies and sexual and injecting risk behaviour among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia.
Road trauma Australia 2018 statistical summary
Provides annual data on road fatalities and includes data on road trauma incidents involving alcohol.
AODstats provides information on the harms related to alcohol, illicit and pharmaceutical drug use in Victoria.
OECD – Health Statistics 2019
Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development includes prevalence of smoking and alcohol consumption by country, mortality and morbidity statistics and pharmaceuticals.
UNODC – World Drug Report 2020
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime data from a range of counties—includes supply, prevalence, price, and treatment data.
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