The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS) emanated from the national forum 'treatment and research - where to from here?' held in 1995 by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. In December 1999 the Commonwealth and state and territory governments through the then National Health Information Management Group endorsed a version of the AODTS NMDS for collection to commence on 1 July 2000. The first data were collected for 2000-01; this was considered a pilot year. The data from 2001-02 onwards contain information about alcohol and other drug treatment services; the clients who use these services; the types of drug problems for which treatment is sought and the types of treatment provided.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1/7/2000 to 30/6/2019

Geographical coverage


National and State


Data availability​​

  • Publications
  • Data cubes
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

Data scope

Government publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment specialist services, national.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

METeOR links:

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2018-19


External links and information 

AODTS in Australia 2018–19

Guidelines for AODTS data submitters

2019–20 data collection and submission information


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