Over 130,000 Australians received treatment from 796 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in 2015-16. The principal drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of treatment episodes), amphetamines (23%), cannabis (23%) and heroin (6%). The alcohol and other drug client group is an ageing cohort with a median age of 33 years in 2015-16, up from 31 years in 2006-07.

  • Cat. no: WEB 196
Findings from this report:
  • Around 1 in 7 clients (14%) were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • An estimated 133,895 clients received just over 206,000 treatment episodes from alcohol & other drug treatment agencies

  • The AOD client group is an ageing cohort, with a median age of 33 years in 2015–16, up from 31 years in 2006–07

  • Alcohol was the top principal drug of concern that led clients to seek treatment across most states, except for SA & WA