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released: 14 Oct 2014 author: AIHW media release

Nationally, there were 24,002 clients who had been diverted into alcohol and other drug treatment, comprising 25% of all clients. Diversion clients were younger and more likely to be male than non-diversion clients, and less likely to be Indigenous. Diversion treatment episodes were about twice as likely to involve cannabis as the principal drug of concern compared with episodes for non-diversion clients. Police diversion episodes had less intensive treatment types compared with court diversion episodes.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-646-7; Cat. no. AUS 186; 24pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Introduction
    • Drug diversion programs in Australia
    • Diversion and drug treatment services
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set
  • Are diversion clients a distinct client group among AOD clients?
  • Are diversion clients different from non-diversion clients?
  • Demographics
    • Treatment episodes
  • Are there differences between clients subject to police diversion and to court diversion?
    • Overlap between police and court diversion
    • Demographics
    • Treatment episodes
  • Key issues for diversion policy
  • Data quality issues
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • References
  • More information and related publications

Notes and corrections 

  1. (23Sep2015) Summary updated: Number and % of clients (under first and third bold points); % of non-diversion episodes for alcohol (under fourth bold point).
    Diversion and drug treatment services section updated: Number and % of treatment episodes for clients referred from police or court diversion programs (third paragraph).
    Are diversion clients a distinct client group among AOD clients? section updated: Number and % of clients (first paragraph).
    Are diversion clients different from non-diversion clients? section updated: % of non-diversion client episodes involving alcohol (second sentence); numbers and % for non-diversion treatment episodes (first paragraph); % of non-diversion episodes that ceased due to expiation (third paragraph).
    Are there differences between clients subject to police diversion and to court diversion? section updated: % of clients receiving treatment not related to diversion (second paragraph).
    Demographics section updated: % diversions clients aged under 30 (first paragraph); % male police diversion clients (second paragraph).
    Figures 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 revised.
    Previous version:  Alcohol and other drug treatment and diversion from the Australian criminal justice system: 2012-13 (1.4MB PDF)  
    Previous version:  Tables S1 to S16 supplementary tables (107KB XLS) 

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Alcohol and other drug treatment and diversion from the Australian criminal justice system: 2012-13. AIHW bulletin no. 125. Cat. no. AUS 186. Canberra: AIHW.

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