How many amphetamine-type stimulants are seized by police each year in Australia?

In 2013-14, there were a record 26,805 amphetamine-type stimulant seizures in Australia, weighing a total of 4,076 kilograms.

The largest number of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures (11,668) occurred in New South Wales (NSW). NSW also accounted for the greatest weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized (2,091kg).

In 2013-14, 44% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in NSW, which accounted for 51% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 11% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in VIC, which accounted for 36% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 19% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in QLD, which accounted for 8% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 2% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in SA, which accounted for 0.6% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 22% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in WA, which accounted for 3% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 0.7% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in TAS, which accounted for 0.2% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 2% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in the NT, which accounted for 0.5% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2013-14, 0.7% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in the ACT, which accounted for 0.4% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized.

Source: Australian Crime Commission (2015) Illicit Drug Data Report 2013-14. (NCETA secondary analysis, 2016).

† The Australian Crime Commission defines amphetamine-type stimulants as including amphetamine, methylamphetamine, and phenethylamines.