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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

Same day delivery of alcohol in Canberra

The ACT Government has proposed legislative measures to address the delivery of alcohol in a Discussion Paper released for public consultation in August 2023. However, there were also some significant gaps in the proposals that can allow the risk of harms from online sales and delivery of alcohol to continue to increase.

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ACT Preventive Action Plan 2023-25

The ACT Government developed the ACT Preventive Action Plan 2023-25 with the aim of preventing chronic diseases by supporting people to choose lifestyle behaviours that reduce their risk of developing preventable diseases. FARE lodged a submission to the plan to ensure that the prevention of alcohol harms exacerbating in the ACT community would be included in the plan.

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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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2015-16 Pre-budget submission

This pre-budget submission for was prepared for Treasury ahead of the 2015-16 Australian Government budget. It outlines areas where immediate action can be taken to achieve budget savings and increase revenue (by replacing the Wine Equalisation Tax with a volumetric tax, and abolishing the Wine Equalisation Tax rebate), as well as areas where a modest investment (in prevention, intervention, and support services) can result in significant benefits to the community.

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Submission to the Competition Policy Review draft report

This submission was prepared by FARE in response to the Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review, which will potentially result in the further liberalisation of the sale of alcohol in Australia. FARE addresses the application of the Competition Policy and makes five key recommendations to the Review Panel about alcohol policy in Australia.

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Submission to the NSW expert panel on political donations

This submission was prepared for the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s Expert panel on political donations and provides information on the significant influence that the alcohol industry has in alcohol policy development and four recommendations for prioritising public health ahead of alcohol industry profits.

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