Key findings

The following figures provide an overview of changes in the national illicit drug market in the last decade, highlighting the variation that exists within drug markets and over time.

Number of national illicit drug seizures

2007–08 to 2016–17

The number of national illicit drug seizures has increased 85.2 per cent over the last decade, from 61,290 in 2007–08 to 113,533 in 2016‑17.

 

Weight of national illicit drug seizures

2007–08 to 2016–17

The weight of illicit drugs seized nationally has increased 129.6 per cent over the last decade, from 11,974 kilograms in 2007–08 to a record 27,492 kilograms in 2016‑17.

 

Number of national illicit drug arrests

2007–08 to 2016–17

The number of national illicit drug arrests has increased 96.6 per cent over the last decade, from 78,675 in 2007–08 to a record 154,650 in 2016‑17.