National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program reports

Much of the harm Australian’s suffer at the hands of serious and organised crime is due to illicit drugs and the level of community harm increases in line with consumption.

Since 2016, the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program has provided leading-edge, coordinated national research and intelligence on illicit drugs ­­– and licit drugs that can be abused – with a specific focus on methylamphetamine and other high-risk substances.

Wastewater analysis is widely applied internationally as a tool to measure and interpret drug use within national populations. The ACIC’s wastewater program gives us valuable insight into trends in drug consumption across Australia and can identify new sources of threat from serious and organised crime.

By analysing the findings of the program, government, law enforcement, health, education and community organisations can have informed national conversations about drug trends and develop targeted policies.

Longitudinal data figures, by state and territory and drug type, have been included since report 11, and updated with each report. These figures can be downloaded from the report page.

Wastewater provides an important, timely and consistent guiding tool for developing holistic drug responses.

Reports

Report 21 analysed sampling of Australia’s drug consumption from a full year, August 2022 to August 2023. This occurred across capital city and regional sites, covering 57% of the population.

Report 20 covered sampling in April and June 2023. A population of about 14 million Australians, equating to approximately 55% of our country’s population was sampled.

Report 19 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covered sampling in December 2022 and February 2023.

Report 18 of the ACIC’s wastewater program covered sampling in August and October 2022. In August, 58 wastewater sites were monitored nationally, covering approximately 57% of the Australian population.

Report 17 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covers around 56% of the Australian population, which equates to about 14.1 million people.

Report 16 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covers around 56% of the Australian population, which equates to about 13 million people.

Report 15 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covers around 57% of the Australian population, which equates to about 13.3 million people.

Report 14 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covers around 56% of the Australian population, which equates to about 13 million people.

Report 13 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covers around 56% of the Australian population, which equates to about 13.1 million people.

Report 12 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program covers around 56% of the Australian population, which equates to about 13.2 million people.