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The National Drug Strategy Household Survey

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey series examines current awareness of attitudes and behaviours toward drugs and drug problems within the Australian community, focussing on respondents personal attitudes toward drugs, knowledge of drugs and drug histories. There are now ten studies in the series of national household surveys, focussing on drugs and drug behaviour. This includes the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Social Issues in Australia surveys (1985 -1993) and the National Drug Strategy Household Surveys (1995 - 2016). The data collection for the most recent six studies has been conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

NDSHS data holdings

The NDSHS collection includes the following studies:

National Campaign Against Drug Abuse: Social Issues in Australia Surveys (1985, 1988, 1991 and 1993)

National Drug Strategy Household Surveys (1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016).

National Drug Strategy Household Surveys: Urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Supplement (1994).

Victorian Drug Strategy Household Survey (1993, 1995)


Accessing NDSHS data

The various waves of the NDSHS are available under special access conditions, due to the sensitivity of the topics covered in the survey. You will need to complete the NDSHS Special Access data request form in order to analyse or download the NDSHS data. You can also visit the ADA Data Access pages to find out more about ADA's access conditions for the NDSHS and other ADA studies.

Requests for access to the data are assessed by committees from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Department of Health and Ageing. For this reason, approvals for access to NDSHS data take on average 20 days.

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