There is considerable community concern about the effects and impact of methamphetamine use in Western Australia (WA). According to the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2016 methamphetamine became the drug of most serious concern to the general community, overtaking alcohol and more than doubling the level of concern in 2013 (16.1% to 40%).
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (February 2019), reveals that Western Australia continues to have the highest methamphetamine consumption levels across the country.
In an effort to address the methamphetamine problem in the State, the WA government has committed to implementing the Methamphetamine Action Plan. (MAP)
State Government’s Response to the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report
The State Government is delivering its co-ordinated and integrated Meth Action Plan bringing the total investment to $244.8 million to address methamphetamine issues in Western Australia.
The State Government has released the whole-of-government response to the Meth Action Plan Taskforce report − outlining a range of targeted, functional and practical initiatives that focus on prevention, early intervention, treatment and support, and law enforcement.
The $42.5 million package as part of the 2019-20 State Budget that will form the implementation plan in response to the report includes:
More support for individuals and families in crisis - $5.2 million to expand and develop safe places for individuals and families in crisis.
More help when and where it’s needed. - $32.3 million to provide more services where people require them, close to their homes and personal supports.
More workers to provide support - $2.3 million to provide evidence based training for health professionals working with people impacted by methamphetamine use and their families.
More education, prevention and harm reduction - $2.7 million to ensure the continuation of targeted school and public education programs to reduce the uptake of methamphetamine use amongst young people, and encourage access to support for people at risk.
Full Government Response to the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report [PDF - 1.3 MB]
Building Safer Communities Infographic [PDF - 476 KB]
The role of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce
The MAP Taskforce was established on 26 June 2017 to provide advice to Government on:
- improving how programs can be best delivered and targeted to areas of greatest need, including regional areas
- opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to reduce methamphetamine harm, demand and supply, and
- the best ways to measure the performance and success of the Government's initiatives.
In providing its advice to Government, the MAP Taskforce was asked to consider the needs of the Western Australian community generally, as well as the specific needs of vulnerable groups.
The MAP Taskforce Final Report represents the independent advice and recommendations to the State Government.
Final Report (PDF - 6.9 MB)
Infographic (PDF - 114 KB)
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