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Liquor Bill Passed


The Territory Labor Government has passed the Liquor Bill 2019 through the Legislative Assembly.

The Bill is a complete rewrite of the Liquor Act 1978, and achieves 70 recommendations from the Riley Review, including:

• A risk-based licensing scheme, which rewards responsible licensees and punishes licensees who do the wrong thing

• Establishing a dedicated Director of Liquor Licensing who will exclusively manage liquor compliance and enforcement

• Setting response timeframes for Licensing NT and the Liquor Commission for applications and complaints, which will reduce red tape and provide certainty

• Certainty for businesses providing complimentary drinks, such as hairdressers and jewellery stores

The Territory Government’s alcohol reforms are having an impact on cutting violent crime in the NT through a reduction in the supply of alcohol through the Banned Drinker Register, a new Police alcohol unit and 75 new Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors.

Alcohol related harm and alcohol-fuelled crime and violence costs the Northern Territory Government over $1.38 Billion every single year, so the Territory Government is doing everything it can to reduce problem drinking.

The Government says their new alcohol measures have led to:

• A 22% reduction in alcohol related assaults across the Territory, including a 13% reduction in Darwin and a 38% reduction in Alice Springs

• A 24.5% decrease in alcohol-related emergency department presentations in Northern Territory hospitals between September–December 2018, compared to 2017. That trend has continued in the first quarter this year with a 22% reduction

• More than 17,000 litres of alcohol ear-marked for illegal secondary supply have been seized by police since the creation of the Alcohol Policing Unit

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