The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS) emanated from the national forum 'treatment and research – where to from here?' held in 1995 by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. In December 1999, the Commonwealth and state and territory governments, through the then National Health Information Management Group, endorsed a version of the AODTS NMDS for collection to commence on 1 July 2000.

The first data were collected for 2000-01; this was considered a pilot year. The data from 2001-02 onwards contain information about alcohol and other drug treatment services; the clients who use these services; the types of drug problems for which treatment is sought and the types of treatment provided.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • SLA
  • SA2
  • SLK

Temporal coverage 

from 1/7/2000 to 30/6/2021

Geographical coverage


National and State


Data availability

  • Publications
  • Data cubes
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply). 

Unit records are not available.

Data scope 

Government publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment specialist services, national.


Admin data


Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

AODTS NMDS 2021-22
(METEOR 733903)


(METEOR 773410)

External links and information


AODTS in Australia 2021–22

Guidelines for AODTS data submitters

2023–24 data collection and submission information


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