Drug offences

Key statutes

  • Misuse of Drugs Act 1975
  • Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2019
  • Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Act 2020

Key secondary legislation

  • Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977

Information/links to recent or currently underway reviews

The 2019 Amendment Act altered the classification of some drugs and affirmed the Police discretion to not prosecute for possession of drugs for personal use where a health approach is more beneficial.

The Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Act 2020 amended the Act to enable drug and substance checking without liability to the checking service provider.