How many alcohol and other drug treatment agencies are publicly funded and from which sector?

The Australian Government and state and territory governments fund non-government and government agencies to provide a range of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services. Treatment services are delivered in residential and non-residential settings, and often include treatments such as detoxification, rehabilitation, counselling and pharmacotherapy.

The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS) contains information on publicly funded AOD treatment agencies and their service delivery outlets. An agency can have more than one service delivery outlet, located in different areas.

Number of agencies

In 2019–20, 1,258 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided services in Australia.

In 2019–20, 1,258 publicly funded AOD treatment agencies reported to the AODTS NMDS. The number of agencies in each jurisdiction ranged from 16 in the Australian Capital Territory to 473 in New South Wales. The number of agencies reporting to the AODTS NMDS in 2019–20 decreased from 1,283 in 2018–19.

Over the last 10 years, there has been a national increase in the number of AOD treatment agencies (from 666 in 2010–11 to 1,258 in 2019–20). This has been driven by increases in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Please see the Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS Data Quality Statement, 2019–20 for further information.   

The following data visualisation shows:

  • the number of alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in Australia by jurisdiction and SA3
  • the number of alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in Australia by sector.

The dashboard shows the number of publicly funded AOD treatment agencies in Australia in 2019–20. There were 1,258 specialist alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in Australia in 2019–20, 843 were non-government agencies and 415 were government agencies.

Service sector

A mix of government and non-government agencies deliver government-funded AOD treatment services. Nationally, over two-thirds (67%) of AOD treatment agencies were non-government, and these agencies provided 73% of closed treatment episodes. In the decade from 2010–11, the proportion of non-government services has increased from 54% to 67% nationally.

In New South Wales, the majority (62%) of AOD treatment agencies were government agencies. In each of the remaining states and territories, the majority of AOD treatment agencies were non-government agencies, with proportions ranging from 65% in South Australia and Tasmania to 99% in Victoria.

Since 2015–16, more than half (58%) of all treatment agencies were located in Major cities in 2019–20, increasing from 54% in 2015–16; also over two-thirds (68%) of agencies located in Major cities were non-government in 2019–20 compared to 66% in 2015–16.