Service sector

A mix of government and non-government agencies deliver publicly funded AOD treatment services. Nationally in 2020–21, over two-thirds (68%) of AOD treatment agencies were non-government, and these agencies provided 72% of all treatment episodes. In the decade from 2011–12, the proportion of non-government services has increased from 52% to 68% nationally.

Across most of Australia in 2020–21, the majority of AOD treatment agencies were non-government services, with proportions ranging from 63% in South Australia to 99% in Victoria. The exception was New South Wales, where the majority (62%) of AOD treatment agencies were government services (Figure AGENCIES.1).

In 2020–21, almost 3 in 5 (57%) agencies were located in Major cities. Almost 7 in 10 (69%) agencies located in Major cities were non-government agencies, compared with 62% in 2016–17 (tables Agcy.1, Agcy.3).

Figure AGENCIES1: Publicly funded AOD treatment agencies by service sector, states and territories, 2011–12 to 2020–21(%)

The horizontal bar chart shows that 68% of treatment agencies in Australia were non-government in 2020–21. New South Wales had the highest proportion of government agencies (62%), while Victoria had the highest proportion of non-government agencies (99%). A filter allows the user to view different years of data.