NAAPA submission to the ACT issues paper: Proposals for regulatory reform

The NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) provided a submission to the ACT Government on the Issues paper: Proposals for regulatory improvements as part of the ongoing Liquor Act Review consultation process.

NAAPA makes a number of recommendations addressing the issues for consideration under each section, following the format of the Issues paper.

Recommendations

The submission emphasise that reforms to the regulation of alcohol must acknowledge that the current system of regulation is not adequately mitigating the harms. These reforms must begin with:

  1. Prioritising harm minimisation as the primary object of the Act.
  2. Publically reporting on venues that are non-compliant with the Act.
  3. Providing the Minister and Commissioner with the power to impose conditions on licensed premises to reduce associated risks.

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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