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 2011–12 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 2011–12. 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, Kristina Da Silva, Laura Smith and Karen Webber 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 provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.