Action on ice

The Queensland Government released Action on ice (PDF, 3.89MB)—the government’s plan to address use and harms caused by crystal methamphetamine following an extensive consultation process.

Action on ice outlines a program of initiatives to address the impacts of ice use and harms that build on previous achievements in response to the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs.

The three pillars that underpin the Action on ice plan are:

  • reducing the supply of ice
  • reducing the demand for ice
  • reducing the harms from ice.

Each pillar is supported with clear focus areas to address the impacts of ice use on individuals, families and communities.

More than $100 million over five years has been committed to Action on ice’s foundation initiatives to reduce the supply, demand and harms of ice use on individuals, families and communities in Queensland. These initiatives are in response to feedback from Queenslanders during the community consultation process. Find out more about new initiatives in Action on ice.

View the Action on ice summary (PDF, 510KB)

Lived experiences

Watch the below video to gain a greater insight on how ice has impacted individuals and families.

Community engagement

From February to October 2017, the Queensland Government engaged with the community to seek input and insights from Queenslanders on the draft Action on ice plan to better understand the impacts of ice, particularly in rural, remote and regional communities. Read more about the summary of outcomes for all engagement activity (PDF, 302KB).


Logan Ice Roundtable
Logan—6 October 2017

The Logan Ice Roundtable was held on Friday 6 October 2017 to better understand the impacts of ice on children, young people and their families in the Logan region. The focus of the Roundtable was on the relationship between problematic ice use and child protection.

Through the Roundtable, key government and community stakeholders explored important themes on:

  • child protection
  • health system responses (demand and harm minimisation)
  • supporting communities and families
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • criminal justice system (supply reduction).

View the program (PDF, 3.91MB)

Read the Outcomes Report (PDF, 923KB)

Moreton Bay Ice Summit
Moreton Bay—14 July 2017

The Moreton Bay Ice Summit was held on 14 July 2017 to better understand the impacts of ice on young people and their families in the Moreton Bay region. The focus of the Summit was the relationship between substance misuse, particularly ice, and youth justice.

Together key government and community stakeholders discussed prevention and early intervention in relation to criminal justice system responses and identified potential gaps in current services. Delegates identified and developed local solutions to reduce the impacts of ice use, particularly on young people and their families.

View the program (PDF, 620KB)

Read the Outcomes Report (PDF, 1.13MB)

Townsville Ice Roundtable
Townsville—17 May 2017

The Townsville Ice Roundtable held on 17 May 2017 delivered a better understanding of the impacts of issues surrounding ice in this area.

Attendees included representatives from a broad range of government and non-government organisations. Local representatives discussed how to best implement current ice initiatives in Townsville, as well as identify any additional initiatives required to ensure an effective response to combat ice.

View the program (PDF, 2MB)

Read the Outcomes Report (PDF, 916KB)

Ice Regional Community Engagement Summit
Rockhampton—27 April 2017

The Ice Regional Community Engagement Summit was held on 27 April 2017 in Rockhampton, to gain a better understanding of the impacts of ice in regional and remote Queensland.

The Summit was an opportunity for attendees to hear from guest speakers, review current initiatives, identify any gaps in the draft Action on ice plan and make suggestions on how the government can better support community-led programs. Ideas, initiatives and outcomes from the Summit were used to inform Action on ice.

In-depth discussions on issues and solutions were held around the themes of:

  • criminal justice system responses (supply reduction) chaired by Queensland Police Service
  • health system responses (demand and harm reduction) chaired by Queensland Health
  • supporting communities affected by ice chaired by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • discrete Indigenous communities and prevention of ice use chaired by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Partnerships.

Following the Summit, an evening forum took place with members of the public who had first-hand experience of the impacts of ice, to gain a greater understanding of specific community needs.

View the Summit program (PDF, 1MB), watch an overview of the event, and read the Outcomes Report (PDF, 1.56MB).

Attendees

  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Queensland Government
  • Queensland Health - Queensland Government
  • Queensland Police Service - Queensland Government
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships - Queensland Government
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services - Queensland Government
  • Department of Housing and Public Works - Queensland Government
  • Department of Education and Training - Queensland Government
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General - Queensland Government
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission - Queensland Government
  • Queensland Corrective Services - Queensland Government
  • Sunrise Way Rehabilitation
  • Bidgerdii Community Health Service
  • Helem Yumba
  • Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service
  • Drug ARM
  • Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
  • Juwarki Kupu Lug Ltd
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • James Cook University
  • Crime and Corruption Commission
  • Community Services Industry Alliance
  • Queensland Corrective Services
  • Relationships Australia Queensland
  • Department of Natural Resources and Mines - Queensland Government
  • Project HOPE
  • Darumbal Community Youth Service Inc.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Lives Lived Well
  • Central Queensland Multicultural Association Inc.
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads - Queensland Government
  • Queensland Ambulance Service
  • Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Public Health Network
  • Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies
  • Alcohol and Drug Foundation
  • Gindaja Treatment & Healing Indigenous Corporation
  • Anglicare Central Queensland
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Central Queensland Community Advisory Council
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
  • Family Drug Support
  • YETI
  • Centacare Central Queensland
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Lives Lived Well
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation
  • PeakCare Queensland
  • Central Queensland Community Legal Centre
  • Rockhampton Community Justice Group
  • UnitingCare Community
  • Drug ARM
  • Narcotics Anonymous

Response to community view

More than $100 million over five years has been committed to Action on ice’s foundation initiatives following feedback provided by Queenslanders during the extensive consultation process.

Some of these include:

  • $3.2 million for an information campaign to enhance public awareness of the nature and effects of ice and where and how to find help.
  • $7.4 million over three years for support services for the families of ice users, support for families involved in the child protection system to overcome ice issues.
  • $3.3 million over four years to enhance the capacity of the Alcohol and Drug Information Service, expand regional services provided by Family Drug Support, deliver more training and resources to frontline services, and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop community-led responses to ice and other drugs of concern.
  • $4.1 million over four years to expand roadside drug testing up to 75,000 tests per annum within the next four years.
  • $14.3 million over three years to establish a new 42-bed residential drug rehabilitation and treatment facility in Rockhampton which will improve access to specialist alcohol and other drugs service for people living in central Queensland affected by ice and other substances.
  • $6.3 million over three years to trial a youth residential care service in Brisbane for high risk young people in out-of-home care to provide intensive support for their complex needs, including mental health and substance use.

These foundation initiatives are also supported with additional investment in alcohol and other drug treatment services:

  • $43 million over five years under Connecting Care to Recovery 2016–2021: A plan for Queensland’s State-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services to increase access and expand the range of alcohol and other drug treatment services provided through the non-government sector; and
  • $6 million per annum to support targeted service responses in early intervention, prevention, community engagement and specialist alcohol and other drug treatment and interventions across six Queensland Health Hospital and Health Services.
  • A new program ‘Breakthrough for Families’ commenced in July 2018. Breakthrough for Families helps families and significant others of individuals affected by ice and other drugs–in particular families with children–to obtain information, develop support strategies and connect to treatment and other services.

    The program provides families and the broader community affected by ice and other drugs access to free, accessible information, and tailored strategies to help themselves and others. Families can receive brief individual support over several private sessions tailored to their individual needs and circumstances. More.

Ice—the facts

What is ice?

Ice is the commonly used name for the crystalline form of methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that comes in 3 main forms:

  • powder (also known as ‘speed’)
  • ‘base’ (a damp or oily paste)
  • the crystalline form (‘ice’).

The impact of ice in Queensland

Like the rest of Australia, ice is having a significant impact across the state.

51% of Queensland’s organised crime networks are linked with methamphetamine.


31% increase in Queensland arrests for offences related to amphetamine-style stimulants (including methamphetamine) between 2014–15 and 2015–16.


Between 2009–10 and 2015–16 the annual rate of methamphetamine-related Queensland hospital admissions increased from 3.9 to 79.9 per 100,000 persons.


12.4% of young people under a supervised youth justice order used ice, either on its own or with other drugs.


1 in 3 children who came into the care of the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women had a parent who had used methamphetamine (mainly ice) at least once, mostly within the last 12 months prior to the child coming into care.

How to get help—you can recover from ice

Watch our stories of real-life recovery and hope, get the facts and find out what anonymous and confidential services and support is available on our Ice Help website.

Call Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 177 833

ADIS provides free, anonymous and confidential 24 hour/7 day counselling, information and referral services, including help with locating treatment services for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s ice use.


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What does this service provide?

  • information about ice
  • options and referral to appropriate treatment services or further assistance
  • opportunity to discuss your own situation and concerns anonymously and confidentially with someone who understands and can help
  • consultancy service for health and related professionals.

Who can use this service?

  • people concerned about their own ice use
  • relatives and friends concerned about someone else’s ice use
  • health and other professionals working with people affected by ice.

More help

Other support services are available for people affected by substance misuse, their significant others, families, friends and carers. These include:

  • Counselling Online
    Free 24/7 counselling service, for anyone using alcohol and other drugs, their family members and friends.

  • Family Drug Support (1300 368 186)
    Free 24/7 support line for families affected by alcohol and other drug use.

  • Breakthrough for Families (Queensland)
    Breakthrough for Families provides:
    • Free public alcohol and drug (AOD) information sessions
    • Connection to Family AOD Workers; and
    • Referral to other support services.

Contact us

For enquiries regarding Action on ice please contact:

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
City East, QLD 4002