In 2022 and 2023, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) will manage the fieldwork for the 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.
What is the National Drug Strategy Household Survey?
The survey collects information from the Australian population aged 14 years and over. It asks a range of questions about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and attitudes and perceptions towards policies and reforms.
The survey is part of Australia’s National Drug Strategy 2016-2027, which aims to reduce and prevent the harms of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Findings from the survey are used by a range of stakeholders, including researchers and policymakers to help estimate prevalence and better understand the issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
This time, about 21,500 people aged 14 and over will take part. Participants will receive and complete their surveys between July 2022 and June 2023, and results are expected to be released in early 2024.
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 undertake the survey fieldwork. Roy Morgan interviewers will distribute the survey to selected households between July 2022 and June 2023.
There are 3 ways to complete the survey: online, on paper, or by phone.
- Online: Go to this link and 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 enveloped 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 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.
It is important to note that 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):
- 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 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 alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.