Illicit drugs, such as methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine are having a significant detrimental impact on individuals, families, communities and government services in Queensland.

Between 2009–10 and 2015–16, the annual rate of methamphetamine-related hospital admissions reportedly rose by 3.9 to 79.9 per 100,000 people. From 2014–15 to 2015–16 arrests related to amphetamine offences increased by 31 per cent.  

The National Drug Strategy 2017–2026 identifies national priorities to help prevent and reduce drug-related problems. The Queensland Government’s Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014‑2019 aims to deliver an integrated and recovery-orientated system to minimise harm from drug use. In February 2018, the Queensland Government also issued an ‘Action on ice’ plan to specifically address use and harms caused by crystal methamphetamine.

Audit Objective

This audit will examine the effectiveness of the Queensland Government’s strategies to combat the use of illicit drugs.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Corrective Services
  • Queensland Health.
Parliamentary Committee
Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised