Fighting the Scourge of Drugs

Fighting the Scourge of Drugs

We are confronting the drugs menace – particularly ICE – with tough law enforcement and treatment and support programs for addicts.


We are tackling the supply of ICE through increased international cooperation, intelligence sharing, better controls of precursor chemicals and stronger law enforcement

We are working with other governments to stop drugs at their source.

For example, we established Taskforce Blaze – the first ever task force of its kind between agencies in Australia and China – which has seized nearly 20 tonnes of drugs and precursors, including 7.8 tonnes of methamphetamine.

The Australian Border Force has seized more than 12 tonnes of methamphetamine in domestic operations since 2018.

We have sent drug offenders packing. After strengthening the Migration Act in 2014, we have cancelled 682 visas for drug offences.


The scourge of ICE is devastating families and communities across Australia.

We have invested over $450 million to help communities fight the impacts of ICE, including funding for over 240 Local Drug Action Teams.

We’ve also delivered an additional 471 local drug and alcohol services since 2016, based on community need.

Our new Community Health and Hospitals Program is focussed on expanding drug treatment facilities.


For those on welfare with a drug and alcohol problem, we’re changing the rules.

Under our plan, those on welfare who are affected by drugs and alcohol will now be required to undertake available treatment.

If it is refused, we will no longer accept drug and alcohol use as a legitimate excuse for missing a job interview or training.

We are also seeking to trial random drug tests for 5,000 new recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance in three locations. Unfortunately, legislation is being blocked by Labor in the Senate.

The trial of the Cashless Welfare Cards has so far seen 48% of drug takers taking fewer drugs and 41% of drinkers drinking less.

Information current as at April 2019