The fieldwork for the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) is now complete. Survey responses were collected from April–September 2019. Over 22,000 people aged 14 and over participated in the 2019 NDSHS. Multiple methods were available to complete the 2019 survey; including a paper questionnaire, online and over the phone. A copy of the 2019 paper questionnaire is available for download – 2019 NDSHS questionnaire (PDF 2.3MB). The AIHW would like to thank the people across Australia who volunteered their time to complete the 2019 survey.

Results for the 2019 NDSHS are now available —National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019 report.

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 2019 survey is the 13th in the series.

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

The AIHW contracted Roy Morgan Research Ltd to collect the information.

Privacy and ethics

All responses collected in the survey 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 reviewed and approved the survey project.

This is the 13th in a series of surveys auspices by the National Drug Strategy (and its predecessors) and the 8th to be conducted by the AIHW. It is a national household survey of non-institutionalised persons aged 14 years and over. There were 22,272 completed responses in 2019. Fieldwork was conducted by Roy Morgan Research.

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

from 8/4/2019 to 22/9/2019

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 14 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, data quality statement (DQS)

NDSHS 2019 – DQS

External links and information

NDSHS 2019

NDSHS 2019: in brief


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