2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey

Roy Morgan is conducting the National Drug Strategy Household Survey again in 2019. This is an important national survey that collects information from people across Australia. It asks people what they think about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs; and about their use of these drugs.

The survey started in 1985 and happens every 3 years. About 21,000 people aged 14 years and over take part.  The results are used by researchers and policymakers to better understand the issues surrounding tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey has been commissioned by the Federal Department of Health and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), and is part of the National Drug Strategy, which aims to improve Australians’ health and well-being.

Taking part in the Survey

The survey is available to complete in hardcopy, online and by telephone interview.

  • Online
    Go to https://drugs2019.roymorgan.com and enter the number that the interviewer gave you. We recommend that you complete the survey on a tablet or a computer rather than on a smartphone, as it will be easier to read and complete on a larger screen.

  • On paper
    All you need to do is fill in the paper questionnaire and place it in the white strictly confidential envelope provided. The interviewer will arrange a date and time to collect it.
  • By phone
    If you elect to complete the survey by phone, an interviewer will call you at a prearranged time that suits you to complete the survey.

    Prize draw
    In recognition for your efforts, once you complete and return the survey, we will put your details into 1 of 20 draws to win a $500 EFTPOS card. The card can be used anywhere EFTPOS is accepted. See terms and conditions.

To contact Roy Morgan Research about your participation in the study, or if you have any difficulties completing the survey, or want to know more about how to do the survey please call 1800 000 293 or email drugsurvey@roymorgan.com.


How long will the survey take?

The survey usually takes between 20 and 40 minute to complete, depending on your responses.

What is the survey about?

This survey gives you the opportunity to provide your views on issues such as support for drug-related policies and laws, and helps to estimate the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia.

I don't drink alcohol, smoke tobacco or take other drugs so should I take part in the survey?

Yes please.  Everyone’s answers are important.  We need to obtain responses from a broad range of people so that the results represent the views and behaviours of all Australians.  The results will help drive change and aid in monitoring the effectiveness of policies and initiatives.

Why was I selected to complete the survey?

Your household was selected randomly from all Australian households and we asked you to complete the survey because your birthday was the most recent of all the people aged 14 and over in your household.

Using this selection method makes it more likely that the results are representative of Australia as a whole.

Do I have to complete the survey?

The survey is voluntary, but your participation is important so that we can obtain information from a wide cross-section of the population. The more people who complete the survey, the more useful the information will be.

English is not my preferred language

The survey is conducted in English, however the introductory letter has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.  To view the letter in these languages, please click here. If you know someone who has a better grasp of English, you can ask them to help you complete the survey.

How are the results used?

The results from this survey are used extensively by policymakers and researchers to better understand the issues surrounding tobacco, alcohol and other drugs to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in your community and of all Australians.

These results will help drive change and monitor the effectiveness of policies and initiatives. The data provides important insights and helps the government and researchers understand whether various initiatives are working and how to best allocate resources to combat the harms caused by drug and alcohol use. Your responses will help to inform the development of new programs aimed at reducing drug-related harms.

Results from this survey will be analysed by the AIHW and a report about the results will be published on the AIHW website.

For an example of reports and information produced from previous waves of the survey, see:

2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report.

NDSHS 2016 Drug Use State / Territory.

NDSHS 2016 Perceptions of Drug Use and Support for Drug Policy.

NDSHS 2016 Alcohol.

NDSHS 2016 Tobacco Smoking.

Where can I get more information about drugs and other issues?

For general information about alcohol and other drugs you can visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.

If you have any concerns about your own or other's alcohol or drug use you can discuss this with your local General Practitioner.

For emotional support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you want to contact a drug treatment agency you can find out more about these services by visiting the Australian directory of alcohol and drug information services and treatment centres website.

For support or treatment in your state/territory, you can contact one of the state services listed below.

New South Wales

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
Sydney: 02 9361 8000
Regional NSW: 1800 422 599
A 24-hour confidential information, advice and referral telephone service.


Direct Line 1800 888 236
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral line.


Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS) 1800 177 833
24-hour Alcohol and Drug Information Service.

Western Australia

WA Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS)
Perth: 08 9442 5000
Regional WA: 1800 198 024
A 24-hour, confidential telephone service that provides information, counselling, referral and advice.

South Australia

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1300 131 340
A 24-hour telephone information, counselling and referral service.


Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1800 811 994
24-hour telephone service offering information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Health Services: Alcohol & Other Drugs 02 6207 9977
24-hour telephone service offering information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support.

Northern Territory

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1800 131 350
24-hour alcohol and drug telephone information and counselling service.