The NT Government says its alcohol reforms are working well.
The NT Government said it was on track to deliver on all 219 recommendations of the Riley Review with 50 now completed since February and work well underway on implementing the remaining recommendations.
The recommendations signify the biggest alcohol reforms in the Territory’s history and are designed to reduce alcohol related harms and alcohol related violence and crime.
Some of the key recommendations completed to date include:
Extensive consultation is happening with Local Government, Australian Government, Industry reference groups, Liquor stores, community alcohol reference groups, industry stakeholders, and health and community stakeholders.
The past six months have seen a new level of engagement take place, including:
The NT Government’s response to the independent BDR evaluation report was also released today.
The BDR Evaluation covers the first 6 months of operation and was conducted independently by Menzies School of Health Research and released in June 2018.
Since it was rolled out, a total of 6120 persons have been placed on the BDR and as of July 31, there were 3526 people on the register.
All recommendations have been supported or supported in principle.
The next evaluation of the BDR will cover the first 12 months of operations and will be reported in December 2018.
Health Minister Natasha Fyles said: “Territorians have a right to live in safe communities, and that’s why the Government has undertaken the most comprehensive alcohol reforms in the NT’s history.
“Tackling alcohol abuse and the crime and harms it causes remains the biggest social issue in the Territory. We continue to have unacceptable rates of alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour, and this is our response to tackle this issue in an evidence-based and co-ordinated approach.
“From our new auxiliary liquor inspectors monitoring our bottle shops, more police officers on the beat with stronger powers and better resources, to strengthening our liquor legislation - we are putting everything in to tackling alcohol dysfunction, to create generational change for the Northern Territory.
“The 6 month evaluation report contained a number of recommendations but also showed that the BDR is meeting its policy objectives.
“The BDR is an important part of our plan to limit the supply of alcohol to problem drinkers. It’s one of the ways we are tackling alcohol fuelled violence and crime.
“The Government will continue to evolve and improve the BDR based on evidence, and this evaluation response provides that pathway forward.”
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