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 third report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (December 2018), reveals that Western Australia has some of the highest methamphetamine consumption levels across the country.
What is the State Government doing?
In an effort to address the methamphetamine problem in the State, the WA Government has committed to implementing the Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP).
The Government has allocated $171.4 [HR1] million for the implementation of MAP initiatives, including:
- providing early intervention treatment facilities
- expanding specialist drug services into rural and regional areas of need
- improving drug and alcohol programs in schools
- creating drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities for prisoners
- establishing a Meth Border Force; and
- increasing roadside drug and alcohol testing.
The MAP is focused on reducing methamphetamine demand, supply and harm, through coordinated implementation of initiatives across Government. This also includes the establishment of the MAP Taskforce.
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
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)
The Government announced new initiatives with the release of the Taskforce’s Report and its intention to provide a full response to the recommendations of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report in 2019.
Extra initiatives are targeted at supporting families in crisis, including:
- expanding the police and mental health co-response program to cover Perth’s southern, eastern, northern and south-eastern areas;
- a trial of compulsory crisis intervention to give families in crisis an alternative source of immediate help in situations that require stabilisation and withdrawal services in a safe environment; and
- a one-stop shop support service to better support individuals and families in need.