How much cannabis is seized by police each year in Australia?

In 2017-18, there were 59,139 cannabis seizures in Australia, amounting to a total weight of 8,656 kilograms. This represents a 1.4% decrease in the number of seizures, but a 14.7% increase in weight. The largest proportion of cannabis seizures occurred in New South Wales (30%), but Queensland accounted for the largest proportion of the weight of cannabis seized (30%). 

In 2017-18, 30% of cannabis seizures occurred in NSW, which accounted for 27% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 6% of cannabis seizures occurred in VIC, which accounted for 17% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 28% of cannabis seizures occurred in QLD, which accounted for 30% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 0.6% of cannabis seizures occurred in SA, which accounted for 6% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 28% of cannabis seizures occurred in WA, which accounted for 14% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 3% of cannabis seizures occurred in TAS, which accounted for 2% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 3% of cannabis seizures occurred in the NT, which accounted for 2% of the total weight of cannabis seized. In 2017-18, 1% of cannabis seizures occurred in the ACT, which accounted for 2% of the total weight of cannabis seized.

Source: Australian Crime Commission (2019). Illicit Drug Data Report 2017-18 (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.