Border detections

The border detection data presented in this section was provided by the Australian Border Force, Department of Home Affairs.

Number and weight of illicit drug detections at the Australian border

2007–08 to 2016–17

Number

Cannabis accounted for the greatest number of border detections in 2016–17, followed by MDMA, cocaine, ATS (excluding MDMA) and heroin.

The number of ATS (excluding MDMA) detections at the Australian border decreased in 2016–17. The number of MDMA, cannabis, heroin and cocaine detections increased this reporting period, with the number of MDMA, cannabis and cocaine border detections in 2016–17 the highest on record.

Weight

ATS (excluding MDMA) accounted for the greatest proportion of the weight of border detections in 2016–17, followed by cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

The weight of ATS (excluding MDMA) detected at Australian border decreased in 2016–17, with the weight of cannabis detected remaining relatively stable. The weight of MDMA, heroin and cocaine detected increased this reporting period, with the weight of cocaine detected in 2016–17 the highest on record.

Number of illicit drug detections at the Australian border

2007–08 to 2016–17

Note: Detections of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) reported by the Department of Home Affairs reflects detections of steroids and hormones, with detections of tryptamines including LSD and psilocybin and detections of anaesthetics including GHB, GBL and ketamine. Pharmaceutical detections reported by the Department of Home Affairs only reflect detections of benzodiazepines and opioids.

Compared to 2015–16, the number of detections of PIEDs at the Australian border decreased in 2016–17, while the number of tryptamine, anaesthetic and pharmaceutical detections increased.

Illicit drug detections at the Australian border by method of importation (%)

2016–17

Number

Weight

The international mail stream continues to account for the greatest proportion of the number of border detections; however the importation stream accounting for the greatest proportion of the weight of border detections varies by drug type.

Top 10 embarkation points for detections by weight at the Australian border

2016–17

Top 10 embarkation points for ATS by weight: United States, China, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, Taiwan, India, Cambodia and Vietnam.