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Submission to the Australian Government’s Tax Forum


FARE’s submission to the Australian Government’s Tax Forum outlines the case for immediate alcohol taxation reform and suggests that the first step must be changing the wine equalisation tax to a volumetric tax.


  1. Immediately replace the WET with a volumetric rate of taxation
  2. Abolish the current WET rebate and replace it with a structural adjustment package that assists the wine industry to address the current oversupply
  3. Immediately begin working with the state and territory governments to mandate the collection of alcohol sales data to be used in prioritising further reform
  4. Within one year, carry out an analysis of the alcohol taxation system and develop and implement a longer term plan for alcohol taxation reform

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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