Service sector

A mix of government and non-government agencies deliver publicly funded alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services. Nationally in 2022–23, nearly 7 in 10 (69%) of AOD treatment agencies were non-government, and these agencies provided 73% of all treatment episodes. In the decade from 2013–14, the proportion of non-government services has increased from 56% to 69% nationally.

Across most states and territories in Australia in 2022–23, the majority of AOD treatment agencies were non-government services, with proportions ranging from 62% in South Australia to 99% in Victoria. The exception was New South Wales, where over half (60%) of AOD treatment agencies were government services (Figure AGENCIES SECTOR 1).

In 2022–23, nearly 3 in 5 (57%) agencies were located in Major cities. Seven in 10 (70%) agencies located in Major cities were non-government agencies (tables Agcy.1–3).

Figure AGENCIES SECTOR 1: Treatment agencies, by service sector and state or territory, 2013–14 to 2022–23

The horizontal bar chart shows that 68.9% of treatment agencies in Australia were non-government in 2022–23. New South Wales had the highest proportion of government agencies (60.0%), while Victoria had the highest proportion of non-government agencies (99.1%). A filter allows the user to view different years of data. Buttons allow the user to navigate to a line chart presenting trend data disaggregated by sector (government and non-government) and number of agencies.