The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol.
Alcohol harm in Australia is significant. Nearly 6,000 lives are lost every year and more than 144,000 people hospitalised, making alcohol one of our nation’s greatest preventive health challenges. The devastation doesn’t stop there; the high personal and financial toll extends well beyond the individual drinker. Each year nearly 400 people die, and 70,000 Australians are victims of alcohol-related assaults, including 24,000 victims of alcohol-related domestic violence. All these harms cost the nation an estimated $36 billion annually.
FARE has been working since 2001 with communities, governments, health professionals and police across the country to stop alcohol harms by supporting world-leading research, raising public awareness and advocating for changes to alcohol policy.
As far as we have come in raising the awareness of the immense impact that alcohol misuse has on so many Australians, and in advocating for evidence based policy measures to address the harm, a great deal of work remains to be done.
FARE doesn’t shy away from that challenge.
Indeed, our new vision, Stopping harm caused by alcohol, better describes the sharp focus, determination and commitment of this organisation.
FARE’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan clearly outlines our organisation’s goals for the five years ahead.
FARE will continue to lead change, mobilising communities and organisations across the country to work together to stop harm caused by alcohol, will continue to develop and advocate for policies and programs that work, and continue to defend the public interest and hold the alcohol industry to account. We will undertake and communicate world-leading research, and invest in the future to ensure FARE remains a world class organisation that can bring about social change.
FARE will continue to work collaboratively, because we know that together we can reverse the trend and see fewer children and families negatively affected by alcohol.
We will raise funds to build the knowledge base about alcohol, to better understand what works to address the complex problems caused by alcohol, and to support Australian communities respond to alcohol misuse.
We will be guided by the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol for tackling alcohol-related harms through population-based strategies, problem directed policies, and direct interventions.
We welcome your interest in our organisation and your shared concern about alcohol harm and invite you to join with us in creating healthier and safer communities.
The Foundation has set up an endowment fund (Capital Fund) to support our work in helping communities and our strategic policy priorities. Our investment income supports the Foundation’s annual operational costs.
100 per cent of all funds provided to the Foundation via corporate partnerships, donations and bequests are paid into the Capital Fund to support our work. None of these funds are spent on operational or fundraising activities.
The Foundation is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA). As members we adhere to the Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice, the charity code of conduct that guides ethical, and accountable and transparent fundraising. The principles and standards are critical to how the fundraising profession is viewed by donors, government, the wider community and fundraisers.
We also adhere to legislation concerning our appeals, community fundraising, and face-to-face fundraising.
- Corporations Act 2001
- Privacy Act 1988 & Australian Privacy Principles of the Privacy
- Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012
- Charitable Fundraising Act (and the relevant Charitable and
- Collections Acts in QLD, WA, SA, the NT, the ACT and VIC)
- Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012
- Charities Act 2013
- Trade Practices Act
- Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), formerly the Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF), is an independent, not-for-profit, national health organisation based in Canberra, Australia.
Established in 2001 by the Australian Parliament with a $115 million grant, the Foundation was set up to distribute funding for programs and research that aimed to prevent the harms caused by alcohol and licit substance misuse.
The initial funding for the organisation came from the additional excise charged on draught beer, which was later refused passage through the Senate. Within the one year that the Commonwealth Government collected the excise, $120 million had been accumulated.
After fifteen years of supporting communities, contributing to building evidence, and encouraging action to prevent alcohol-related harms, the Foundation recognises that we have come a long way in highlighting the immense impact that alcohol misuse has on too many Australians every year.
Our national funding rounds have provided support to over 750 organisations around the country in the areas of:
- public education and prevention campaigns
- community partnerships
- training and mentoring
- organisational capacity enhancement
- capital improvements and refurbishments
- treatment and rehabilitation programs and services.
The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001. We established our Health Promotion Charity status in July 2005.
The Foundation has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).
Our objectives are set out in our Constitution.
The Foundation supports the Australian Securities Exchange Principles of Good Corporate Governance and Best Practice Recommendations and applies them insofar as it is realistic to do so in the context of a large, not-for-profit organisation and with due regard to the scope of its operation and level of donor and public interest.
Stewardship rests with our Board of Directors and is supported by our Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer.
The role of the Board is established by the Board Corporate Governance Charter. Our Board provides strategic direction; oversight of management; clarity over responsibility and accountability, while establishing integrity by ensuring a balance of authority where no single individual has unfettered power. The Foundation operates a delegation of authorities system that describes accountabilities to appropriate levels within the organisation and at the Board level.
The Board has several sub-committees that assist them to carry out their duties. There is a Board Finance Audit and Risk Committee Charter that sets out the authority, roles, and responsibilities of the committee. This committee, comprising four members, provides oversight of external audit, internal audit, the ongoing financial position and performance of the Foundation compared to approved budget, the working capital, the annual financial statements, risk management, and compliance with laws, contracts, policies and procedures, and the oversight of short and long term monetary investments.
An Internal Audit Charter sets out the authority, role, and responsibility of the Foundation’s internal audit activity. Internal audit independence is guaranteed through an additional reporting line to the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, should it be required.
The Foundation has quality assurance functions and compliance mechanisms with a program of continuous improvement. A Strategic Risk Register has been established and is regularly updated. Our Risk Management Policy and Risk Management Framework integrate risk management principles and practices into standard management processes.
The Governance and Remuneration Committee Charter establishes principles and processes for Board renewal. The Governance and Remuneration Committee provides oversight of the CEO’s engagement, performance and salary.
A Code of Conduct applies to the Board, management, and staff of the Foundation specifying practices necessary to maintain confidence in its integrity.