National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018: Draft for consultation
Part Seven: Monitoring progress
Monitoring the implementation of this draft Strategy will require a co-ordinated national effort. Progress in implementing the actions in this draft Strategy will be overseen by the Standing Committee on Tobacco, a subcommittee of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD). The Standing Committee on Tobacco comprises representatives from the Australian Government, State and Territory governments and members with expertise in tobacco control from the non government and academic fields.
Progress in meeting the objectives in this draft Strategy will be measured by the following outcome indicators*:
- fewer young people smoking regularly;
- fewer young people making the transition to established patterns of smoking;
- fewer young adults making the transition to dependent patterns of smoking;
- fewer adults smoking regularly;
- more adult smokers attempting to quit;
- fewer quitters relapsing;
- fewer infants exposed to tobacco in utero and after birth;
- fewer children exposed to smoke at home, in cars, public places and in places where they play and are cared for;
- fewer people exposed to tobacco smoke at home, workplaces, public places and other settings; and
- improvements in the above indicators among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people in lower socioeconomic groups, groups at greater risk from smoking, and other disadvantaged populations with higher smoking prevalence.
By 2018, reduce the national daily smoking rate to 10 per cent of the population and halve the Indigenous smoking rate, over the 2009 baseline.
This Target was agreed by all jurisdictions as part of the COAG National Health Care Agreement and the COAG National Partnership Agreement on Preventative Health (NPAPH). The NPAPH also sets interim targets:
- a 2 percentage point reduction in the proportion of adults smoking daily from the 2007 national baseline by 2011; and
- a 3.5 percentage point reduction from the national baseline by 2013.
To ensure that Australia is on track to achieve these targets, a formal mid-term review of progress will be undertaken in 2015.
All jurisdictions will report regularly to the IGCD on progress in implementing the actions under each priority area set out in this draft Strategy.