In which industries are Australian employees more likely to have used cannabis in the past 12 months?

The proportion of employed Australians who used cannabis in the past 12 months varies according to their industry of employment. Australians employed in accommodation and food services are more likely to have used cannabis in the past 12 months compared to those employed in other industries.

25% of Australians employed in accommodation and food services have used cannabis in the past 12 months, compared to 22% employed in arts and recreation, 20% employed in media and telecommunications, 18% employed in construction, 15% employed in professional, technical and scientific services, 15%* in electricity, gas, water and waste services, 15% in administration and support services, 14% in retail, 14% in manufacturing, 12%* in wholesale, 12% in agriculture, 12% in transport, 12%* in rental and real estate, 9% in education and training, 8% in health care and social assistance, 8% in public administration and safety, 7%* in finance, 6%** in mining, and 12% employed in other service industries. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

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

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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