About the NDSHS

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey started in 1985 and happens every 3 years. About 20,000 people aged 14 and over are randomly selected to participate. The NDSHS collects self-reported information on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use as well as attitudes and perceptions toward drugs. The survey is part of the Australian Government’s National Drug Strategy, which aims to improve Australians’ health and wellbeing. 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.

The 2022 NDSHS is currently in the field and will be completed in early December 2022. People are randomly selected to participate and can choose to complete the survey online, on paper or via a telephone interview. The results of the survey are expected to be released in mid to late 2023.