SafeWork Laboratories is a leading provider of drug and alcohol testing in Darwin and the Northern Territory. We are committed to helping your business maintain a safe working environment free from any form of substance abuse.

We know how important it is to have a reliable Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy. But it’s not always easy to come up and implement such guidelines. You have to make sure that everyone in your organisation understands and observes your anti-substance abuse policy.

At SWL, we make drug testing at the workplace simple and easy for you. We offer a wide range of drug and alcohol testing solutions to answer every organisation’s needs. You can choose the ones that best fit for your company.

We offer different on-site and laboratory-based testing services, including urine, oral fluid (saliva) and hair tests. Each test can detect a variety of drugs and other controlled substances such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. We also conduct follow-up screening in the laboratory for further confirmation of test results.

What sets us apart from the competition is our ability to deliver accurate test results quickly. We can give you a confirmatory test result in as fast as 24 hours after we receive your samples.

And unlike most companies, we actually own and operate our own physical drug testing facilities across the country including Darwin. We have all of the tools and expertise you’ll need to implement an effective Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy.

SafeWork Laboratories Darwin
Safework Labs Darwin

Drug and Alcohol Use in Darwin and the Northern Territory

Darwin and the rest of the Northern Territory continue to experience high rates of drug and alcohol use among its residents.

In a report submitted to the NT Parliament, cannabis topped the list of the most commonly used drugs in the region. Other popular drugs of abuse include MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamine.

Similarly, the latest National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (NWDMP) found high consumption rates involving MDMA, meth, and cocaine among NT residents.

Northern Territory Cannabis


As much as 16% of drug users abuse cannabis, based on the NT Parliament report. Cannabis use was highest among young teenagers and young adults (ages 14-29) and old people (ages 60 and above). The NT government attributed the high usage rate to how easy it was to obtain cannabis in the region.

Northern Territory DMDA

MDMA (Ecstasy)

The NT had a higher rate of MDMA use compared to the national average. It was the second most popular illegal drug in the region. Meanwhile, the NWDMP estimated that NT residents consumed as much as 32.4 kg of MDMA in 2019. This was more than 8 kg higher compared to the 24.1 kg that were consumed in 2018.

Northern Territory Methamphetamine


The Northern Territory has one of the lowest rates of meth use in the country, according to the NT Parliament report. However, the drug is still more common in the region than cocaine, ecstasy, or opioids. As much as 71% of injecting drug users in the NT use meth. Wastewater analysis showed that the average consumed methamphetamine in NT jumped to 84.8 kg in 2019 from a low of 75.5 kg in 2018.

Northern Territory Cocaine


Cocaine use remained relatively high in a number of sites in the NT. However, researchers detected a slight decline in the overall average consumption of the drug. The NWDMP report showed that the amount of cocaine used in the region dropped to 22.8 kg in 2019 from a high of 27.4 kg in 2018.

The graph below shows how much methamphetamine, MDMA, and cocaine consumption in the Northern Territory have increased between 2018 and 2019.

NT illicit drugs consumption
Data from the 9th National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report

For more information, you can check out the NT Parliament’s Drugs in the NT report and the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report.

SafeWork Laboratories Drug Testing Service

  • Super-fast Results

    We provide accurate drug and alcohol test results in as fast as 24 hours after receiving samples. That’s quicker than any other drug testing company in the country!

Safework Labs Darwin NATA Accredited
  • ISO Certified and NATA Accredited

    Our drug testing facilities across Australia follow operational standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 15189). We also have accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (Accreditation No 18874).

  • Standards Australia Guidelines

    We conduct each drug and alcohol test in accordance with guidelines set by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand. This includes AS/NZS 4308:2008 for urine tests and 4760:2006 for oral fluid tests

    Meanwhile, we carry out our hair tests based on regulations and procedures from the (International) Society of Hair Testing.

SafeWork Laboratories drug testing
  • 20 Years of Experience

    We’ve spent two decades providing top-notch drug and alcohol services to Australian businesses. As our client, we’ll share our knowledge and expertise to help you keep your organisation safe from the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Contact Us

Save yourself from the safety and financial troubles associated with workplace substance abuse. We’ll help you come up with the best drug testing at the workplace program for your business. Visit our Darwin office or call us at today!

1300 795 227