2013-14 Pre-budget submission

FARE acknowledges that the Commonwealth Government is committed to reaching a surplus in the 2013-14 Budget, so this submission therefore outlines areas of cost savings for Government, as well as areas where modest investment will make a significant difference to communities and individuals. The case for introducing evidence-based alcohol prevention policies has never been more compelling.

Recommendations

Budget savings:

  1. Replace the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) with a volumetric tax rate at $29.05 per litre of pure alcohol
    Projected savings: $849 million over one year
  2. Abolish the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate
    Projected savings: over $200 million over one year

Budget expenditure:

  1. Publish, implement and evaluate the Australian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnostic instrument and implement training for health professionals on its use
    Projected cost: $2.1 million over three years
  2. Establish Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnostic services
    Projected cost: $7.3 million over three years
  3. Develop Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) models of care
    Projected cost: $517,000 over three years
  4. Fund an Australian burden of disease study
    Projected cost: $3 million over three years

FARE supports policy reforms that contribute to a reduction in alcohol-related harms in Australia. Our policy work is informed by the evidence of what is most effective in reducing alcohol-related harms. We support the progression of population-based health measures, which take into consideration the far reaching and complex impacts of alcohol-related harms.

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