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

Among Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months, the majority typically used cannabis in private homes.

Among Australians aged 12-17 years in the general population who used cannabis in the past 12 months 81% usually used in a private home, 43% at private parties, 22% in public places, 5%* at raves or dance parties, 0.6%** in a car or other vehicle, and 18%* in other locations. * 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.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as respondents could choose more than one location. The proportion of youth in the general population who used cannabis at different locations differs from the proportion of school students who used cannabis at different locations due to differences in survey measures (See FAQ: Where do Australian school students aged 12-17 years usually use cannabis?). In the Australian Secondary School Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey, respondents could only select one of 13 different locations and data presented concerns only those who regularly use and the four most common locations where cannabis was used. In the general population survey (National Drug Strategy Household Survey), respondents could select more than one of the 11 locations of use and data presented concerns those who had used at least once in the past 12 months.