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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

Exploring liquor licensing reform options in NSW

The NSW Government has been considering significant changes to its liquor licensing laws, which were proposed in a detailed Liquor Licensing Reform Options Discussion Paper for consultation. The Discussion Paper proposed some positive changes that could improve community engagement and access to licensing consultation.

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Sale of no- and low-alcohol products in 7-Eleven stores 

Many no and low alcohol products (sometimes referred to as zero alcohol products) are an extension of existing alcohol brand ranges. These products are becoming increasingly available in retail settings where alcohol is not allowed to be marketed or sold, such as convenience stores and supermarkets.

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FSANZ Colour of Pregnancy Warning Labels for Corrugated Cardboard Packaging

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions on an application to permit pregnancy warning labels on corrugated cardboard cartons (CCCs) to be in a single colour on a contrasting background. The requirements of ‘Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages’ as incorporated into the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the code), cover the scope, application, size and colour requirements of the warning labels.

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QCAA submission on the Queensland Red Tape Reduction Amendment Bill 2015

The Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol (QCAA) provided a submission to the Queensland Government on the Liquor and Fair Trading Legislation (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill 2015. QCAA cautions against proposals to reduce regulation of the liquor industry which are counter to the primary purpose of the Liquor Act which should be to minimise harm from alcohol.

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Submission on the Re:think tax discussion paper

As an organisation working to stop harm caused by alcohol, FARE’s submission on the Australian Government’s Re:think tax discussion paper focuses on alcohol taxation. FARE makes a total of nine recommendations to the Tax White Paper Task Force for reforming the current illogical and incoherent alcohol taxation system, beginning with the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET).

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Submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence

FARE makes 17 recommendations to the Royal Commission on how the Victorian Government should work to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related family violence. Key areas for recommended reform include regulating the availability and promotion of alcohol, developing comprehensive and integrated models of care, implementing programs targeted at perpetrators, educating young Victorians, and improving data collection and program evaluations.

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Prevention 1st comments on the Australian Labor Party’s National Platform Consultation Draft

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) provided a submission with comments on the Australian Labor Party’s National Platform Consultation Draft concerning chronic disease and preventive health. The suggested amendments provide the opportunity to reposition preventive health and reduce the burden of chronic disease in Australia.

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Submission to the Inquiry into the Australian grape and wine industry

FARE’s submission to the Inquiry into the Australian Grape and Wine Industry makes five key recommendations for the Committee to address issues regarding the production and sale of cheap and low quality wines in Australia. This includes reviewing and reforming the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) and its accompanying policy the WET rebate.

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Submission to Treasury on the Competition Policy Review

FARE’s submission to Treasury on the final report of the Competition Policy Review addresses the application of this legislation in regard to alcohol policy in Australia. FARE makes a total of seven recommendations to the Australian Government, with the key recommendation being that harm minimisation should be the primary objective of all legislation, regulations and policies relating to alcohol.

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Submission to the SA Review of Codes of Practice

This submission was prepared by FARE in response to the South Australia (SA) Review of the the General Code of Practice and Late Night Trading Code of Practice under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997. The document provides 12 recommendations for strengthening the Codes to ensure that they are an effective regulatory tool in reducing the harm caused by alcohol.

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