In 2016–17, more than half of the 318 publicly funded treatment agencies in New South Wales were located in Major cities (61%), followed by Inner regional areas (31%) (Figure 4; Table SA.3). One per cent of treatment agencies were located in Remote and <0.5% were located in Very remote areas, with all but 1 of these being government agencies. In the 5 years to 2016–17, the number of publicly funded treatment agencies in New South Wales rose from 245 to 318 (Table SA.1).

Note that remoteness categories are derived by applying a correspondence based on the agency’s Statistical Area level 2 code (SA2). Not all SA2 codes fit neatly within a single remoteness category, and a ratio is applied to reapportion each SA2 to the applicable remoteness categories. As a result, it is possible that the number of agencies in a particular remoteness category is not a whole number. After rounding, this can result in there being ‘<0.5%’ of agencies in a remoteness area, due to the agency’s SA2 partially crossing into the remoteness area. See technical notes for further details.

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