Does crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia vary by employment status and age?

Among Australians who are unemployed, those aged 25-29 years are most likely to have used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, followed by those aged 30-39 years.

Australians who are employed or not in the labour force use crystal methamphetamine at relatively similar rates across all ages, although use is less prevalent among those aged under 18 and over 40 years.

0% of employed Australians aged 14-17 years used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 1.0% of employed Australians aged 18-24 years, 1.0% of employed Australians aged 25-29 years, 1.1% of employed Australians aged 30-39 years, and 0.4% of employed Australians aged 40+ years. 0% of unemployed Australians aged 14-17 years used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 2.6% of unemployed Australians aged 18-24 years, 7.5% of unemployed Australians aged 25-29 years, 5.8% of unemployed Australians aged 30-39 years, and 2.9% of unemployed Australians aged 40+ years. 0% of Australians not in the labour force aged 14-17 years used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 0.9% of Australians not in the labour force aged 18-24 years, 0.8%* of Australians not in the labour force aged 25-29 years, 1.0% of Australians not in the labour force aged 30-39 years, and 0.4% of Australians not in the labour force aged 40+ years. * Estimate is likely to be unreliable due to small sample sizes.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

* Estimate is likely to be unreliable due to small sample sizes.

Employment Status: Whether an individual is currently: a) employed; b) unemployed; or c) not in the labour force.

Employed: Self-employed or working for salary or wages.

Not in the Labour Force: Engaged in home duties, volunteer/charity work, student, retiree/pensioner, other.

Unemployed: Those who are not currently working and are actively seeking employment.