3.11 Access to alcohol and drug services

This measure reports on access to alcohol and drug services by Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on access to alcohol and drug services. Alcohol and substance misuse causes a wide range of harms including: mental health issues, chronic disease (for example, liver disease), bloodborne virus spread, injuries from motor vehicle accidents and assaults, incarceration, and social disruptions including family breakdown. Alcohol and substance‑use services provide various interventions and support that seek to tackle harmful alcohol and other drug use, and restore the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of clients and families (NIDAC 2014).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set
  • National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data Collection
  • Online Services Report Data Collection


  • NIDAC (National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee) 2014. Alcohol and other drug treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs.