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

TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT

The Australian Government is tackling the supply of ICE through increased international cooperation, intelligence sharing, better controls of precursor chemicals and stronger law enforcement.

We established National Anti-Gang Squads to combat organised crime, thugs and gangs. They have delivered: the arrest of more than 1,270 criminals on more than 4,000 charges; the seizure of almost 6,000 firearms and firearms parts and more than 2,500 kgs of drugs and precursors.

Australia is working with international partners to prevent drugs entering the country.

For example, we established Taskforce Blaze – the first ever task force of its kind between agencies in Australia and China.

Through Taskforce Blaze, around 20 tonnes of drugs and precursors destined for Australia have been seized, including nearly 8 tons of meth.

We have sent drug offenders packing. After strengthening the Migration Act in 2014, we have cancelled the visas of 852 drug dealers.

DRUG TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

To tackle the scourge of Ice, we have invested over $450 million in our National Ice Action Strategy.

This includes funding over 240 Local Drug Action Teams, to help with prevention strategies, including education in schools and support for young people.

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.

TACKLING DRUG DEPENDENCY

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

Under our plan, those on welfare 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 - Canterbury Bankstown (NSW), Logan (QLD) and Mandurah (WA). 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 February 2020