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NT Government 'Defers' Blood Alcohol Limit On Vessels


The Territory Labor Government has decided to defer the introduction of a blood alcohol limit on Territory vessels.

A blood alcohol limit for skippers may now be considered as part of a future Maritime Safety Agenda.

The Government is also ruling out a licencing or registration regime for Territory boats.

The decision is one part of the Alcohol Harm Minimisation Plan update, released today by Attorney-General Natasha Fyles.

As part of the third and final progress report of the Alcohol Action Plan, the following major initiatives have been completed:

  • Rewrite of the Liquor Act 1978
  • Introduction of the floor price
  • Establishment of the Northern Territory Liquor Commission
  • Roll-out of Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors
  • A demand study for alcohol treatment services in the NT
  • Release of the first NT FASD Strategy
  • Publication of alcohol-related data

The Liquor Act 2019 represents one of the most significant initiatives to date, completing over 70 recommendations of the Riley Review.

Since the release of the Riley Review in October 2017, Government has implemented 168 out of 219 accepted recommendations.

The tough alcohol measures have led to:

  • a 22% reduction in alcohol related assaults across the Territory, including a 15.5% reduction in Darwin and a 40% 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

Territorians can view the reports as well as view data on the key indicators of alcohol harm minimisation at alcoholreform.nt.gov.au

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