Report highlights Australia’s illicit drugs threat

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the fifteenth edition of the Illicit Drug Data Report today.

“The Illicit Drug Data Report brings together data from a wide range of sources into the one unique report,” Mr Phelan said.

“It’s the only report of its kind in Australia and provides an important evidence base to assess current and future illicit drug trends.”

The 2016–17 report includes arrest, detection, seizure, purity, profiling and price data.

This reporting period saw 113,533 national drug seizures, a record 27.4 tonnes seized and a record 154,650 national drug arrests.

“The report shows that drug markets in Australia remain resilient, with enduring demand for illicit drugs, particularly illicit stimulants. Of particular note this reporting period are changes in cocaine indicators, which point to an expansion of the market,” Mr Phelan said.

“Illicit drugs are not just a law enforcement issue—we need to employ a holistic approach that focuses on supply, demand and harm reduction.”

“By enhancing our shared understanding of illicit drug markets and changes within these markets, we can better target our collective efforts to address drug use in our country and the harm it causes.”

For the first time, some of the information and data from the Illicit Drug Data Report will be made available on the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Crime Statistics Australia website. This will provide greater accessibility to the unique and valuable data contained in the report.

The Illicit Drug Data Report 2016–17 is available online at