South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


80. Smoking:

Reduce the smoking rate to 10% of the population and halve the smoking rate of Aboriginal South Australians by 2018

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The three-year average of daily smoking over 2012-14 was 14.5%, which is similar to the average for 2011-12 (15.3%) but significantly lower than the 2010-13 average (15.6%).

Three-year average daily smoking rates needs to decline by a further 4.5% over the next 5 years to reach the 2018 target of 10%. This equates to a decline of 0.9% each year, in 3-year moving average daily smoking prevalence until 2018.

Halve the smoking rate of Aboriginal South Australians by 2018:
There are no new data for this target. However, the Australian Government has updated the existing data for 2012-13. The previous data for current daily smokers by Indigenous status, persons aged 18 years and over (age standardised rates), for South Australia for 2012-13 was 42.2%. This has been updated and the figure for South Australia is now 41.7%.

The smoking rate needs to decline by a further 18.2% over 6 years in order to reach the target of 23.5% by 2018. The trend in smoking rates of Aboriginal South Australians should be interpreted with caution due to the limited available data.

The South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2017-2020 highlights the importance of a community-centred approach and collaborative work to minimise smoking prevalence among Aboriginal people.

The source for these data is now the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision) 2014, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014, Productivity Commission, Canberra.


Lead Agency

SA Health