State and territory summaries

This section presents key state and territory findings on specialist alcohol and other drug treatment service agencies, the people they treat, and the treatment provided in 2019–20. Client counts refer to those closed treatment episodes for which a valid statistical linkage key (SLK) has been supplied. 

The technical notes page provides details on the data, with further information available in the Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2019–20 Quality Statement. In addition, a series of state and territory supplementary tables accompanying the annual report are also available.

Key findings

In 2019–20:

  • a total of 1,258 publicly funded agencies provided data about services for clients seeking AOD treatment and support in Australia, ranging from 16 in the Australian Capital Territory to 473 in New South Wales
  • alcohol was the most common drug of concern in the Northern Territory (66%), Australian Capital Territory (42%), Tasmania (40%), New South Wales (38%) and Queensland (34%) (nationally 34% of treatment episodes)
  • amphetamines were the most common drug of concern in South Australia (35%), Western Australia (34%) and Victoria (29%), and the second most common drug of concern in Tasmania (30%), Queensland (27%), New South Wales (26%), the Australian Capital Territory (23%) and the Northern Territory (13%) (nationally the second most common drug of concern; 28% of episodes)
  • counselling was the most common main treatment type nationally (37%), and the most common in 5 of the 8 states and territories.

Over the period 2015–16 to 2019–20:

  • the number of publicly funded agencies rose from 796 to 1,258 agencies, an increase that was largely driven by increases in New South Wales (from 287 to 473) and Victoria (from 129 to 338)
  • the 4 most common principal drugs of concern were the most common in 5 of the 8 states and territories; these were alcohol, amphetamines, cannabis and heroin
  • counselling was the most common main treatment type in 6 of the 8 states and territories up until 2018–19.

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