Victoria

In 2016–17, 131 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in Victoria provided 67,150 treatment episodes to 33,610 clients (Tables SA.1–2).

Victoria continued to report an increase in treatment episodes since 2014–15.

In 2016–17, most (76%) clients in Victoria received treatment from 1 agency, and received an average of 2 treatment episodes, which is higher than the national average of 1.6 episodes (Tables SC.21 and SC.23). This is due to the nuances of Victoria’s data collection system, where each type of treatment results in a separate treatment episode.

In Victoria, a total of 85,405 closed treatment episodes were provided to clients over the 4 most recent collection years, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 and 2016–17. Of these closed episodes, varying proportions of clients received some form of treatment across multiple collection years (Table SC.28):

  • 7.9% (6,711) of clients received treatment in the 2 most recent collection years, that is, in both 2015–16 and 2016–17
  • 2.3% (2,003) of clients received treatment in the 3 most recent collection years, that is, in each year from 2014–15 to 2016–17
  • 2.3% (1,969) of clients received treatment in all 4 collection years, that is, in each year from 2013–14 to 2016–17
  • about 1 in 5 clients (21% or 18,012 clients) received treatment in 2016–17 only, and 18% (15,021 clients) received treatment in 2015–16 only.