This document is a guide for drug treatment agencies, state and territory health departments and other people involved in collecting and transmitting data for the 2012–13 Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS–NMDS). It contains definitions of the data elements in the collection, and guidelines about collecting and transmitting the data in 2012–13. This document is one of a series of similar documents that provide information to assist participants in each year of the collection.

This publication was updated by Anna White, Carey Doyle, Karen Webber and Alison Watters of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), advised and assisted by members of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs AODTS–NMDS Working Group. The AIHW gratefully acknowledges the funding that the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) provided.