Australian School Students National Alcohol and Drug Survey

About the survey

The Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey provides information on the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and legal (for non-medical purposes) drugs in 12 to 17 year olds, and their attitudes toward these substances.

Information collected from the survey is used by policy makers and researchers to better understand drug and alcohol-related issues in our schools. It also helps to identify the groups of young people we need to reach with our campaigns and programs.

The survey is conducted every three years and is coordinated by Cancer Council Victoria's Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC). CBRC prepare a report outlining the national results for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the National Drug Strategy.

Who participates in the survey?

ASSAD survey participants are a representative sample of school students from years 7 to 12 with up to 80 students surveyed from each school. School participation is voluntary and consent is at the discretion of the school principal. Parents are also given an opportunity to determine their child's participation.

Students answer the questions anonymously and they choose whether or not they want to participate. No student can be identified through their survey results.

The most recent ASSAD survey was completed in 2017 by 3,361 Western Australian students. Students come from a mix of government, Catholic and independent schools.Reports and bulletins can be found here:

2017 ASSAD Alcohol Bulletin
2017 ASSAD Illicit Drug Bulletin

2014 bulletins can be found here:

2014 ASSAD Alcohol Bulletin
2014 ASSAD Illicit Drug Bulletin

2011 reports and bulletins can be found here:

2011 ASSAD Alcohol Bulletin
2011 ASSAD Alcohol Report
2011 ASSAD Tobacco Bulletin
2011 ASSAD Tobacco Report
2011 ASSAD Cannabis Bulletin
2011 ASSAD Amphetamine-type stimunlants (ATS) Bulletin
2011 ASSAD Illicit Drug Bulletin
2011 ASSAD Illicit Drug Report

More Information 

Contact the Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation team on (08) 6553 0600 or email for more information about the survey or to obtain previous years’ results

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