Where do Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years usually use cannabis?

The majority of Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years (who have used cannabis in the past 12 months) usually used cannabis in private homes.

74% of Australians aged 12-17 years in the general population who used cannabis in the past 12 months usually used in a private home; 53% at private parties; 29% in public places; 13%* in a car or other vehicle; 6%* at raves or dance parties; and 18%* in other locations. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Please note: The locations where school students use cannabis differ from the locations where young people in the general population use cannabis (see FAQ Where do Australian school students aged 12-17 years usually use cannabis?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) asks respondents to select one of 13 locations of use. However, only data concerning the four most common locations of use among students who regularly use cannabis is publicly available. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) asks respondents who have used cannabis at least once in the past 12 months to select one (or more) of 11 locations of use.