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About Us
Drug Advisory Council of Australia

Raising awareness of the dangers of illicit
drug use and the abuse of legal drugs


The focus of this restrictive policy is:

  • Prevention of new illicit drug users
  • Detoxification and rehabilitation of existing illicit drug users
  • Law enforcement to prevent and treat illicit drug use


To raise awareness of the dangers of illicit drug use and the abuse of legal drugs by:

  • Monitoring national and international research,
  • Supporting additional Australian research,
  • Development of information and education programmes
  • Encouraging initiatives to prevent illicit drug use,
  • Supporting rehabilitation of illicit drug dependency


  • A drug free Australia
  • The elimination of the harm from illicit drug use
  • The illegality of illicit drugs
  • The scientific evidence that marijuana is a harmful and dangerous drug and must remain illicit
  • The suppression of the supply of illicit drugs
  • A national campaign to say no to illicit drugs
  • Diversion of illicit drug users into detoxification and rehabilitation by court order and supervision

The top 4 illegal drugs most likely used in the previous 12 months in 2016 were cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and meth/amphetamines


Ellicit Drug Use

Australians aged 14 or older had illicitly used drugs in the last 12 months, in 2016; use was highest among 20–29 year olds (28%)


Drug Treatment

of drug treatment episodes in 2017-18 were for amphetamines, making it the second most commonly treated drug in Australia



of Australians perceived meth/amphetamines to be the drug of most serious concern to the general community in 2016

Working to eliminate drug harms in our communities

Our members meet regularly to review scientific research, media activity, legislation, political activity, information, public opinion, local and overseas policies and member activities on illicit drugs.

We publish and distribute our members research on illicit drug use. Our members deliver lectures, training, workshops and information. We provide a network for workers assisting illicit drug users

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