This is twelfth in a series of surveys auspices by the National Drug Strategy (and its predecessors) and the seventh to be conducted by the AIHW. It is a national household survey of non-institutionalised persons aged 12 years and over. There were 23,772 completed responses in 2016. Fieldwork was conducted by Roy Morgan Research.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • RA
  • SA1
  • SA2
  • SA3
  • SA4
  • SLK

Temporal coverage 

from 21/6/2016 to 29/11/2016

Geographical coverage

National and State

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

Data scope 

Private dwellings from people aged 12 years or older. Excluded from sampling were non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, boarding houses, etc.) and institutional settings (hospitals, nursing homes, other clinical settings such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, prisons, military establishments and university halls of residence). Homeless persons were also excluded as well as the territories of Jervis Bay, Christmas Island and Cocos Island.



Metadata information  

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016 – Data Quality Statement

External links, data quality statement (DQS) and information

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016 – detailed findings

National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016 – key findings


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