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

In 2017-18, there were a record 37,093 amphetamine-type stimulant seizures in Australia, weighing a total of 11,205 kilograms (the second highest weight on record).

Out of all Australian states and territories, New South Wales accounted for the greatest proportion (34%) and weight (74%) of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures.

In 2017-18, 34% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in NSW, which accounted for 74% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 6% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in VIC, which accounted for 2% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 23% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in QLD, which accounted for 8% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 2% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in SA, which accounted for 0.3% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 30% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in WA, which accounted for 15% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 2% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in TAS, which accounted for 0.03% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 1% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in the NT, which accounted for 0.06% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants seized. In 2017-18, 1% of amphetamine-type stimulant seizures occurred in the ACT, which accounted for 0.04% of the total weight of amphetamine-type stimulants 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.

† For the purposes of this FAQ, amphetamine-type stimulants include amphetamine, methylamphetamine, phenethylamines, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).