Summary of main data sources used in this report

Data Sources

The data presented in this report is sourced from a range of different data collections from several agencies and organisations, including the:

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC).

Each of the data sources provide a part of the alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Data sources include a range of methodologies such as:

  • General population surveys (e.g. the National Drug Strategy Household Survey)
  • Surveys of sentinel populations (e.g. the Illicit Drug Reporting System and the National Needle Syringe Program)
  • Population consumption data (National Wastewater and Apparent Alcohol consumption)
  • Administrative data (e.g. Criminal courts data)

Consolidating these data sources across multiple collections into one place provides a more complete story of current and emerging trends.

The data contained in this annual report will be updated at once a year between reports when more recent data becomes available.  Further information about the data sources used in this report are available here.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2012–13

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey

Every 6 years

Includes a range of health data including behavioural health risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

2014–15

National Health Survey

Every 3 years

Smoking rates, alcohol consumption and substance use, and links to other health issues

2014–15

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey

Every 6 years

Health risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons such as smoking rates, alcohol consumption and substance use

2016–17

Apparent consumption of alcohol

Annual

Estimates of apparent consumption of alcohol based on the availability of alcoholic beverages in Australia.

2016

Causes of Death, Australia

Annual

Provides details on causes of death in Australia and demographics for all deaths registered in Australian annual.

2016

Personal Safety Survey

Every 4 years

The survey collected information about the nature and extent of violence experienced by men and women since the age of 15, including their experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.

2016–17

Recorded Crime - Offenders

Annual

Persons proceeded against by police by principal offence (broadly illicit drugs)

2016–17

Criminal Courts Australia

Annual

Defendants finalised by principal offences (broadly illicit drugs)

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2011

Impact of alcohol and other illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011

Ad hoc

This report quantifies the health impact that alcohol and illicit drug use place on Australia, including as risk factors for other diseases and injuries. New analysis included for the first time such as the impact of individual drugs and unsafe injecting practices on the Australian population. 

2011

Burden of disease: Impact and Causes of illness and death in Australia

Previous update used 2003 data

Data on the fatal and non-fatal burden of alcohol and illicit drug disorders on population groups

2011

Burden of disease: Impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Ad hoc

Data on the fatal and non-fatal burden of alcohol and illicit drug disorders on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

2015

Mothers and babies

Annual

The report includes data on the proportion of mothers’ smoking during pregnancy and babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy.

2015

The Health of Australia’s Prisoners

Every three years

Data on tobacco use, illicit drug use and alcohol consumption prior and during prison sentence

2016–17

Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Dataset

Annual

Data on alcohol and other drug treatment services

2016

National Drug Strategy Household Survey

Every 3 years

Data on Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia

2016–17

Specialist Homelessness Services annual report

Annual

Clients by need for services (alcohol and drug counselling)

2017

National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistical Annual Data Collection (NOPSAD)

Annual

The NOPSAD collection provides information on a snapshot day in June 2017 on clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, the doctors prescribing opioid pharmacotherapy drugs, and the dosing points.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2014

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco in 2014

Every 3 years

Prevalence of Tobacco use in students aged 12–17 years

2014

Australian Secondary School Students’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014

Every 3 years

Lifetime and current use of tobacco, alcohol, analgesics, tranquilisers and illicit substances and related behaviours, 12–17 year olds

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2011

Counting the costs of crime in Australia: a 2011 estimate

Ad-hoc

Data on the human economic cost of drug abuse in Australia.

2015–16

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2015–16 report on drug use among police detainees

Every 2 years

Data on changes in alcohol and other drug consumption habits among Australian police detainees and through its monitoring and reporting of fluctuations in the illicit drug market

Source: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2015-16

Illicit Drug Data Report

Annual

National data on the illicit drug market, including arrests, detections, seizures, purity, profiling and price data.

2017

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report

Three times a year

National analysis of wastewater from metro and rural parts of Australia for licit and illicit drugs, particularly methamphetamine and 11 other substances.

Source: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2013

Accidental drug-induced deaths due to opioids

 

Provides interpretation of final data on accidental opioid induced deaths in Australia in 2013, and estimated data for 2014 and 2015.

2017

Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)

Annual

A national illicit drug monitoring system with interviews with a sample of regular injecting drug users, interviews with experts and additional contextual information. The IDRS monitors the price, purity and availability of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis and other drugs. Along with trends in the use and harms of these drugs.

2017

The Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)

Annual

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is a national monitoring system for ecstasy and related drugs that is intended to identify emerging trends of local and national interest in the markets for these drugs.

Source: National Drug and Alcohol Research Institute

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2016–17

Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS)

Ad hoc

Non–random national sample 3,400 risky drinkers. The participants were recruited online and screened to check whether their qualified to be in the top 25% of risky drinkers. The survey looks into the risky drinking patterns of adolescents aged 14–19, by taking a ‘snapshot’ of the details of their most recent risky drinking occasion.

Source: The Kirby Institute

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2012–2016

Australian Needle Syringe National Data report

Annual

The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) provides serial point prevalence estimates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibodies and sexual and injecting risk behaviour among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia.

Source: Bureau of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2016

Road trauma Australia 2016 statistical summary

Annual

Provides annual data on road fatalities and includes data on road trauma incidents involving alcohol

Source: Turning point – Victoria

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2017

AMBO-Stats

Annual

AODstats provides information on the harms related to alcohol, illicit and pharmaceutical drug use in Victoria.

Source: International

Source Year

Data source

Frequency of publication

Information

2017

OECD – Health Statistics 2017

Annual

Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development includes prevalence of smoking and alcohol consumption by country, mortality and morbidity statistics and pharmaceuticals.

2017

UNODC – World Drug Report 2017

Annual

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime data from a range of counties—includes supply, prevalence, price, and treatment data.