Report Published on Trends in Minor Drug Offences Sentenced in the Magistrates' Court

14 June 2018

The Council today released a report on trends in minor drug offences sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria during the 10 years ending 30 June 2017.

The report considers the prevalence of proven charges of possessing or using illicit drugs as well as the profile of offenders sentenced for these offences.

The report found that over the 10 years to 30 June 2017:

  • methylamphetamine was responsible for most of the 91% increase in minor drug offences. Offences involving this drug increased twenty-onefold to 5,712 charges in 2016–17 
  • cannabis was most common in minor drug offences until 2016–17, when it was surpassed by methylamphetamine
  • offenders sentenced for minor drug offences were most likely male (83%) and aged under 35 (63%)
  • ecstasy offenders had the highest rate of male offenders (87%) and the highest rate of offenders aged under 25 (53%)
  • minor drug offences sentenced as the sole charge in a case usually received fines and adjourned undertakings
  • in 80% of cases of minor drug offences, other offences were also sentenced. In the cases with more serious offences, imprisonment and fines became the most common sentences by June 2017.

Trends in Minor Drug Offences Sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria is available for download from our website.