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Tasmanian Drug Strategy 2023-2028


The Tasmanian Government has been developing a new Drug Strategy for 2023-2028. The Strategy is intended to provide a whole-of-government and whole-of-community framework to enhance the health, safety, and wellbeing of all Tasmanians. FARE responded to the final Consultation Draft, and to the Consultation Paper.

FARE recommendations:

Vision, aim, principles and strategic objectives

  • take a ‘social and commercial determinants of health’ approach, by regulating the inherent conflicts of interest between alcohol harm minimisation, and alcohol companies and their lobbyists.


  • build on successful awareness campaigns that avoid stigma such as FARE’s National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Campaign ‘Every Moment Matters’.
  • exclude alcohol companies and their lobby groups from any involvement in the development, delivery or promotion of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) education and resources.


  • exclude alcohol companies and their lobby groups from membership and involvement in the Alcohol Advisory Group.
  • follow the priorities of the National Alcohol Strategy in the Alcohol Action Plan.
  • follow the priorities of the National FASD Strategic Action Plan in the FASD Action Plan.
  • add activities about regulating online sale and delivery, and promotion and marketing.

Interventions and treatment

  • prioritise funding treatment services, recognising the significant need, significant underfunding, and the significant return on health investment in funding treatment.

Evidence base

  • include policies with an identified evidence base in the implementation plans, including FASD prevention, online sales and delivery of alcohol, and digital alcohol marketing.
  • identify evidence and data gaps and commission relevant research.
  • exclude alcohol companies and their lobby groups from any funding or involvement in the development of the evidence base.

Consultation paper

  • address items excluded from this Strategy eg. zero alcohol, liquor licencing and online sales and delivery.
  • specify 2 Two-Year Implementation Action Plans covering each of the Action Areas, with the first to be launched at the end of the first year of this Strategy.

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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