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The AODTS-NMDS data cubes are subsets of data from the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS) collection.

The publications associated with these cubes may also be downloaded in full. Additional disaggregation of data may be requested using the ad hoc client request form. A charge may apply for ad hoc data requests to recover costs.

The cubes

Note: Cubes open in new window.

About the cubes

Period covered

The cubes cover the period 2002-03 to 2010-11 (excludes the 2001-02 pilot).

Counting unit

The counting unit is a 'closed treatment episode'. A closed treatment episode refers to a period of contact, with defined dates of commencement and cessation, between a client and a treatment agency. As a unit of measurement, the 'closed treatment episode' used in the AODTS-NMDS cannot provide information on the number of clients who access publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment, nor can it provide information on the extent of concurrent, sequential or recurrent service use.

Exclusions to the collection

  • Agencies whose sole activity is to prescribe and/or dose for opioid pharmacotherapy maintenance treatment such as methadone.
  • Halfway houses and sobering-up shelters, correctional institutions, health promotion services (e.g. needle and syringe exchange programs).
  • Alcohol and drug treatment units in acute care or psychiatric hospitals that only provide treatment to admitted patients.
  • Private treatment agencies that do not receive government funding.

It should also be noted that:

  • the number of Indigenous clients may be under-counted as most Australian Government funded Indigenous substance-use services and Aboriginal health services that provide treatment for alcohol and other drug problems do not supply data under the AODTS-NMDS. In addition, at the national level a substantial percentage of clients did not state their Indigenous status (varying from 5% to 8% over time).
  • the data do not provide measures of the incidence or prevalence of alcohol or other drug abuse or dependence in the community on their own. This is because not all persons who abuse alcohol or other drugs seek treatment or seek treatment from publicly funded services.

Additional information


  • Due to system and staffing issues in some jurisdictions, the 2010-11 AODTS-NMDS was finalised in June 2012, 5 months after the anticipated data finalisation date. The AIHW is continuing to work with jurisdictions to improve the timeliness of data submissions.


  • The number of episodes shown for Tasmania in the 2009-10 annual report is an over count. Resubmitted Tasmanian data for 2009-10 is included in the latest 2010-11 annual report and cubes.

2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05

  • Queensland Health supplied data from Queensland government AODTS agencies and from police diversion processes (all with the principal drug of cannabis and main treatment type of information and education only) but not from other non-government agencies.


  • Data relating to police and court diversion programs have been included for each jurisdiction except Tasmania.

Accessing the AODTS-NMDS

If you require more detail than is provided in the data cubes, please read Section 6 of the Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS specifications: 2011-12: specifications manual and collection guidelines. This section details the types of data that may be released and under which circumstances and relevant forms are included. If you require more information or assistance with the process, please contact the unit directly at .

How do I use the cubes?

When a data cube is opened, the table shows 'Treatment services/agencies' as the default measure, by 'year and state' as default dimensions.

To add a dimension to the table, left click its icon and drag it towards the top left hand of the table.

To display an additional column dimension, wait till a left-pointing arrow appears and drop the icon. To display it as an additional row dimension, wait till a downward-pointing arrow appears and drop the icon.

To remove a dimension, right click its label in the top left hand of the table and select 'Hide <dimension>' from the menu, or you can replace the dimension by selecting 'Change <dimension> to <other dimension> from the menu.

If there are too many column and/or row headings which appear in the same screen, there are arrows that allow you to scroll through the column headings and row headings.

If you want to collate totals and present percentages of totals, right click on the table icon, where the data is displayed. This provides additional options for data presentation.