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.
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 April and November, and results are expected to be released in mid to late 2023.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) runs the survey for the Australian Government Department of Health.
The AIHW has contracted Roy Morgan Research Ltd to collect the information. Roy Morgan interviewers will distribute the survey to selected households between April and November 2022.
There are 3 ways to complete the survey: online, over the phone, or in some cases, on paper.
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.
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.
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):
For any questions or concerns about privacy issues, or about the way in which information collected will be used, please contact the AIHW:
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.
This survey gives you the opportunity to provide your views on issues such as support for drug-related policies and laws, and helps to estimate the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia. Researchers and policymakers use the results to better understand the issues surrounding tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) runs the survey. The AIHW has contracted Roy Morgan Ltd to collect the information. Roy Morgan interviewers will leave the survey at selected households. They will then return to collect the paper questionnaire or remind you to complete the survey online or over the phone.
Your household was randomly selected from all Australian households. This selection process makes it more likely that the results we get represent the views and behaviours of all Australians.
In addition to general questions about your age, birthplace, employment, household composition and education, the survey will ask about:
There are 3 ways to complete the survey: online, over the phone, or in some cases, on paper. You can decide how you want to complete the survey:
The questionnaire is only available in English. If the selected person cannot read English well enough, they may ask someone they know to help them.
The survey is voluntary, but your participation is important so that we can obtain information from a cross-section of the population. The more people who complete the survey, the more useful the information will be.
Everyone's answers are important. It does not matter if you have never used alcohol, tobacco or other drugs—your reasons for not doing so, and your attitudes towards these substances, are important for this study. We need to obtain answers from a broad range of people so that the survey results represent the views and behaviours of all Australians.
The survey usually takes 20–40 minutes to complete.
If you have questions about how to complete or return the survey, phone 1800 000 293 (Roy Morgan) for help.
Your first name and address are collected by Roy Morgan so that the interviewer can return to your household to collect the questionnaire or to remind you to complete it. The interviewer will also use these contact details (first name and phone number) to enter you into the prize draw unless you have chosen not to participate. Your contact details are used to contact you about the survey and to contact the winners of the prize draws. They will never be linked with any of your responses from the survey or used for any other purpose. The information is destroyed once winners of the prize draw are notified.
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. No results or other data that could possibly identify individuals will be released.
The research complies with the Privacy Act 1988 and the information is only used for research purposes. This means that the information you provide cannot be used for activities that focus on individuals, like compliance or law enforcement.
Section 29 of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 prohibits the release of any information about individuals collected in the survey. All people connected with this survey—from the interviewers to the researchers—must sign a declaration of confidentiality. This means they cannot release any information that you disclosed in the survey. No one (not even the police) has access to personal information collected for this survey.
Results will be analysed by the AIHW and a report will be published on the AIHW website. The most recent report can be seen at National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019. For previous reports, visit National Household Drug Survey reports.
The results from this survey are used by policymakers and researchers to better understand the issues surrounding tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in your community and of all Australians.
The data provide important insights and helps the government and researchers understand if various harm-reduction initiatives are working, and how to best allocate resources to combat the harms caused by drug and alcohol use. Your responses may also help to inform the development of new harm-reduction programs.
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey was last conducted in 2019 and has been conducted every three years since 1995. The results of the survey allow us to understand Australians’ views on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as how many people do and don’t use these substances. This in turn can help Governments to develop policies and direct funding in ways that are informed by the views of the public.
Across Australia, people have experienced the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to varying degrees. These impacts could have large impacts on how much people drink, how much they smoke, and the availability of some illicit substances. As a result, it is important that the National Drug Strategy Household Survey continues to collect this data, to see how Australians’ views of alcohol and other drugs have changed now and into the future.
All Roy Morgan staff have been trained in COVID safety measures to protect your health and theirs. Your safety is always of utmost importance. Roy Morgan have implemented strict measures to ensure we can safely interview all Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:
For general information about alcohol and other drugs, visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.
If you have any concerns about your own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use, contact your general practitioner.
For emotional support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you want to contact a drug treatment agency, visit the Australian directory of alcohol and drug information services and treatment centres website or call 1800 250 015 to access the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) in your state or territory.
For support or treatment in your state/territory, contact one of these services:
New South Wales
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
Sydney: 02 9361 8000
Regional NSW: 1800 422 599
A 24-hour confidential information, advice and referral telephone service.
Direct Line 1800 888 236
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Confidential alcohol and drug information, counselling and referral line.
Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS) 1800 177 833
24-hour confidential alcohol and drug information, counselling and treatment referral service.
WA Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS)
Perth: 08 9442 5000
Regional WA: 1800 198 024
A 24-hour, confidential telephone service that provides information, counselling, referral and advice.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1300 131 340
A 24-hour telephone information, counselling and referral service.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1800 811 994
24-hour confidential telephone service offering information, advice, referral, and support.
Australian Capital Territory
ACT Health Services: Alcohol & Other Drugs 02 5124 9977
For initial contact with the Alcohol and Drug Service Intake Line.
For after-hours support, contact the Alcohol and other Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 250 015. ADIS provides 24-hour telephone service offering counselling, information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1800 131 350
24-hour alcohol and drug telephone information, referral and counselling service.
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