Location of agencies

In 2021–22:

  • Nearly 3 in 5 (56% or 711) treatment agencies were located in Major cities and a quarter (26% or 326) were in Inner regional areas. Agencies in these two areas provided 89% of all treatment episodes (Figure AGENCIES REMOTENESS 1, tables Agcy.3–Agcy.4).
  • Relatively few treatment agencies were located in Remote (2.8% or 35) and Very remote areas (2.6% or 33). Agencies in these two areas provided 2.6% of all treatment episodes.
  • This pattern was similar across most states and territories, except for Northern Territory where half (50%) of all agencies were located in Remote (32%) and in Very remote (17%) areas, with the other half in Outer regional (50%) areas (Table Agcy.3).

Over the 10-year period to 2021–22:

  • Nationally, the total number of agencies has increased, rising from 714 agencies in 2012–13 to 1,274 agencies in 2021–22.
  • The majority of agencies were located in Major cities; this trend was similar for most states and territories but does not apply to the Northern Territory and Tasmania, which do not have Major cities as a remoteness area.

Figure AGENCIES REMOTENESS 1: Treatment agencies by remoteness area and state or territory, 2017–18 to 2021–22

The horizontal bar chart shows that most agencies in New South Wales (61.8%), Victoria (60.6%), Queensland (45.1%), Western Australia (56.6%), South Australia (46.8%) and the Australian Capital Territory (100%) were located in Major cities. Tasmania and Northern Territory do not have any areas classified as Major cities. Most agencies in Tasmania were located in Inner regional areas (58.3%) and most agencies in the Northern Territory were located in Outer regional areas (50.0%). A filter allows the user to view different years of data.

Treatment type delivery varied by agency remoteness. Nationally, in 2021–22:

  • Counselling was the most common main treatment type provided by treatment agencies across all remoteness areas.
  • The proportion of treatment episodes for counselling ranged from as high as 46% in Remote areas to 36% in Inner regional areas  (Figure AGENCIES REMOTENESS 2; Table Agcy.6).

The delivery of main treatment types also varied by agency remoteness at a jurisdictional level. In 2021–22:

  • Agencies across all remoteness areas in New South Wales most commonly provided counselling, ranging from 55% of treatment episodes in Outer regional areas to 16% in Very remote areas.
  • In Victoria, agencies in Major cities most commonly provided counselling and support and case management (24% and 22% of episodes, respectively). Inner regional and Outer regional agencies most commonly provided assessment only (27%) and counselling (35%), respectively.
  • In Queensland, almost 1 in 2 (47%) episodes provided in Remote areas were assessment only.
  • Around 9 in 10 episodes in Remote and Very remote areas of Western Australia were counselling (89% and 94% respectively)
  • In South Australia, support and case management was more likely to be provided in more remote areas (ranging from 7.2% in Inner Regional to 31% in Outer regional) compared to Major cities (3.1%), while Major cities had a higher proportion of withdrawal management episodes (19%).
  •  In the Northern Territory, assessment only was the most common treatment provided in Outer regional areas (59%), while information and education was most common in Very remote areas (49%) (Figure AGENCIES REMOTENESS 2; Table Agcy.6).

Note that remoteness categories are derived by applying a correspondence based on the agency’s Statistical Area level 2 code (SA2). See technical notes for information on how this affects the reporting of the number of agencies in a particular remoteness category.

Figure AGENCIES REMOTENESS 2: Treatment episodes by states and territories, treatment type and remoteness of agency 2018–19 to 2021–22

The horizontal bar chart shows that nationally in 2021–22, counselling was the most common main treatment type in all remoteness areas, ranging from 35.6% of episodes in Inner regional areas to 46.2% of episodes in Remote areas. Filters allow the user to view data for different years and by state/territory.