Participant information

In 2022, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) will manage the fieldwork for its National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS). The AIHW is an independent statutory Australian Government agency producing authoritative and accessible information and statistics to inform and support better policy and service delivery decisions, leading to better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

The survey is run every 3 years, and this is the 14th time the survey has been conducted since its establishment in 1985.

On this page you will find a list of frequently asked questions, and information on how to complete the survey and where to find the results. Please click on each question to read the answer.

We hope that you will take the time to complete the survey and share your views and opinions on drug use and policy interventions.

Explore the attitudes and perceptions towards drugs in your region from the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. New survey in the field from July 2022. Find out more: www.aihw.gov.au/ndshs-drug-attitudes.

What is the National Drug Strategy Household Survey?

The survey collects information from teenagers and adults across Australia. It asks what they think about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs; and about their use of these drugs.

The survey is part of the Australian Government’s National Drug Strategy, which aims to improve Australians’ health and wellbeing. Researchers and policymakers use the results to better understand the issues surrounding tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

The survey started in 1985 and is held every 3 years. The 2022 survey is the 14th in the series. This year, about 21,500 people aged 14 and over will take part.

Participants will receive and complete their surveys between July and December, and results are expected to be released in mid to late 2023.

Who runs the survey?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) runs the survey for the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

The AIHW has contracted Roy Morgan Research Ltd to collect the information. Roy Morgan interviewers will distribute the survey to selected households between July and December 2022.

There are 3 ways to complete the survey: online, on paper or by phone.

  • Online: Enter the number that the interviewer gives you. We recommend that you complete the survey online, as it will be easier and faster to complete.
  • On paper: All you need to do is fill in the paper questionnaire, place it in the white envelope labelled ‘Strictly Confidential’, and seal it. The interviewer will arrange a date and time to collect it.
  • By phone: If you have elected to complete the survey by phone, an interviewer will call you at a prearranged time to complete the survey.

Roy Morgan will return to households at an arranged time to collect the paper questionnaire or remind you to complete the survey online. If you have chosen to complete the survey by phone, a time to do this will have already been arranged with the interviewer.

Roy Morgan works to the Code of Professional Behaviour of the Australian Market and Social Research Society.

Privacy and ethics

The survey results are confidential, and strictly protected by law. Section 29 of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 prohibits the release of any information about individuals collected in the survey.

The research complies with the Privacy Act 1988, and the information is only used for research purposes.

The AIHW Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved the survey project.

This means participant anonymity is ensured, and survey responses can never be used for any form of law enforcement.

More information

See the Frequently Asked Questions for answers to specific questions about the survey.

Alternatively, if you have any other questions about how the survey is conducted, or how to complete or return the survey, please call the National Drug Strategy Household Survey Hotline on 1800 000 293 (free call):

  • Monday–Friday between 9am and 8pm (AEST)
  • Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 6pm (AEST).

For any questions or concerns about privacy issues, or about the way in which information collected will be used, please contact the AIHW:

  • Phone 1800 443 510 (free call), Monday–Friday between 9am and 6pm (AEST)
  • Email [email protected]

We provide information about the survey in the following languages:

Frequently asked questions

This webpage provides detailed information for people who have been selected to participate in the 2022 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. Here you will find a list of including frequently asked questions, and information on how to complete the survey and where to find the results. Please click on each question to read the answer.

We hope that you will take the time to complete the survey and share your views and opinions on drug use and policy interventions.