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 2009-10 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 2009-10. 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 Karen Blakey-Fahey and Amber Jefferson of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 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.