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To help shape and inform the development of effective alcohol policy across the country, FARE makes submissions to a range of Commonwealth, State and Territory government inquiries. 

You can read our latest submissions below, or use the search bar to find submissions about a particular policy area.

Latest submissions

Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Response Inquiry

In 2023, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced an independent inquiry into Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. FARE made a submission to the inquiry, noting that COVID-19 has had lasting impacts on the ways that alcohol is sold and marketed and the resulting harms. Action is needed to ensure that common sense measures are introduced to help reduce and prevent alcohol harm.

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Carbohydrate and sugar claims on alcoholic beverages  

Alcohol companies are currently drawing people’s attention away from the risk of harm associated with alcohol use by using marketing claims that make their products appear healthy, including ‘low sugar’ and ‘low carb’. There is strong evidence that nutrition content marketing claims like these can create a ‘health halo effect’ on unhealthy products.

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Submission on Privacy Legislation Amendment Bill

Every day, millions of people across Australia, including children who are spending an average of over 14 hours online each week, are exposed to relentless advertising which targets their specific vulnerabilities, emotions and attributes.

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ACT Inquiry into Community Corrections

ACT crime rates are going down, but incarceration levels continue to rise. The ACT criminal justice system has experienced an increase in prison population, costs and recidivism. The criminalisation of AOD problems is a contributing factor in increasing incarceration.

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Queensland Criminal Law (Raising the Age of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2021

More than 1,000 people in Queensland die each year of alcohol-attributable disease and injury, and more than 30,000 Queensland hospitalisations are attributable to alcohol. Cancers were responsible for the largest proportion of alcohol-attributable deaths, and neuropsychiatric conditions accounted for largest proportion of all alcohol-attributable hospitalisations.

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WHO Action plan to reduce alcohol harm

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently sought feedback on the first draft of their WHO Action plan to reduce alcohol harm 2022-2030 to support the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.

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