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Supplementary submission to the review of the SA Liquor Licensing Act 1997


This supplementary submission to the review of the South Australia (SA) Liquor Licensing Act 1997 (‘the Review’) provides illustrative models on a range of alcohol policy topics. Where models are not available for a policy topic, research evidence is provided to inform the Review’s consideration of how government may respond to the policy topic in question. This supplementary submission serves as a compendium of practical reference materials that complements the submissions to the Review from:

  • The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (submission #41)
  • The South Australia Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (submissions #74 and #75)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (submission #67)
  • The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (submission #71)

This supplementary submission has also been informed by input from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction at Flinders University, SA.


The submission provides a model for consideration, accompanied by rationale and additional information and evidence, for each of the following areas.

Policy models that serve the public interest in harm minimisation:
  • elevating harm minimisation as primary object of the Act
  • replacing the “needs” test with a public/community interest test
  • accounting for the economic burden of alcohol harms.
Policy models that address the availability of liquor:
  • introducing lockouts and reduced licensed trading hours
  • introducing licensed outlet density/saturation policies
  • addressing the intersection between the planning system and liquor regulation
  • regulation of small bars
  • introducing risk-based licensing
  • modernising secondary supply policies
  • strengthening community input to liquor outlet approvals.
Policy models that address packaged liquor:
  • understanding the contribution of packaged liquor to harms
  • moratorium on the sale of liquor in supermarket settings
  • regulation of online liquor sales
  • addressing public drinking and “dry” area policies.
Policy models that address the price and promotion of liquor:
  • introducing minimum unit pricing
  • regulation of marketing and promotions.
Policy models for monitoring the market and harms:
  • collection and publication of harms data
  • collection and publication of alcohol sales data
  • investing in compliance and enforcement.

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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