Milestones

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team (ARIT) is responsible for driving and coordinating alcohol policy and legislation reforms in the Northern Territory.

Ongoing consultation with stakeholders including industry, NGOs, the community and NT Government departments is the cornerstone of ARIT’s strategic approach.

This page provides an outline of the policy and legislative, enforcement and compliance, and harm minimisation reform milestones achieved against the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-19 and Northern Territory Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Recommendations.

Date Achievement
19 October

The Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report (the Report) is released with 220 recommendations. The NT Government immediately responds by;

  • Ruling out recommendation 2.5.6, which would have prohibited the sale of takeaway alcohol on Sundays.
  • Committing to considering the remaining 219 recommendations and to deliver a formal response to the Report by early 2018.
  • Introducing a five-year moratorium on new takeaway licences.
23 October

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team is established in the Department of the Chief Minister to coordinate the reforms.

26 October

First meeting of the Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group.

  • This group is made up of representatives from NT Government departments working together to progress the NT’s alcohol policies and legislation reforms.
27 October

The five-year moratorium on new takeaway liquor licences comes into effect.

27 October

The NT Government announces plans to repeal the 400m2 floor size legislation

Date Achievement
2 November

First meeting of the Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee.

  • The Steering Committee is made up of Chief Executives of NT Government departments, meet on a monthly basis to review the progress of the NT’s alcohol policies and legislation reform process.
22 November

The Legislative Assembly repeals the 400m2 floor size legislation

24 November

First meeting between the  Alcohol Review Implementation Team and the Liquor Stores Association of the NT.

Date Achievement
14 December

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

15 December

First meeting of the Liquor Act Rewrite Working Group.

  • This is progress against recommendations 2.1.1, 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 of the Report, and an initiative under the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-2019
  • The Working Group is made up of representatives from NT Government departments tasked with reviewing and providing feedback on the drafting instructions for the rewrite of the Liquor Act.
  • The Liquor Act rewrite will eventually address more than 70 recommendations of the Report.
15 December

First meeting of the Industry Reference Group.

  • This is an initiative under the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-2019
  • The Industry Reference Group consists of 12 members from on-licence establishments with extensive knowledge in the hospitality, tourism and accommodation industries who provide advice to the NT Government on reforms that affect the industry.
21 December

Expressions of Interest for the NT Liquor Commission membership is released by the NT Government

Date Achievement
5 January

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

8 January

Industry Reference Group meet.

16 January

Alcohol Review Implementation Team meet with the Liquor Stores Association of the NT.

17 January

Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group meet.

19 January

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

23 January

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released.

24 January

Industry Reference Group meet.

24 January

Alcohol Review Implementation Team meet with the Liquor Stores Association of the NT.

Date Achievement
5 February

NT Government announces legislation to re-establish a NT Liquor Commission will be introduced to the Legislative Assembly

5 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

7 February

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Katherine to meet with regional stakeholders to identify and discuss alcohol-related issues ahead of the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report.

8 February

The Liquor Commission Bill and Liquor Legislation Amendment (Licensing) Bill passes in the Legislative Assembly

  • This completes recommendations 2.1.4, 2.1.6, 2.1.7, 2.2.1, 2.2.5, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.5.22, 2.5.24, 2.5.26, 2.5.31, 2.6.1, and 2.6.2 of the Report, and is progress against recommendations 2.1.5, 3.3.4, and 2.5.20.
  • The Liquor Commission Bill establishes the NT Liquor Commission, an independent legal body who will determine licence applications and variations to licence conditions, alterations to premises, and disciplinary matters. The Liquor Commission will hold public hearings where appropriate.
  • The Liquor Legislation Amendment (Licensing) Bill mandates a ‘public interest and community impact’ test for decisions made under the Liquor Act, and formalises the five-year moratorium on new takeaway licences.
8 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released detailing the introduction of the Northern Territory Liquor Commission Bill and public interest and community impact test amendment to the Liquor Act, to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly.

12 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released calling for comment or feedback on the draft Community Impact Assessment Guidelines.

12 February

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visits Alice Springs to meet with regional stakeholders to identify and discuss any alcohol-related issues ahead of the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report.

13 February

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Alice Springs to meet with regional stakeholders to identify and discuss any alcohol-related issues ahead of the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report.

14 February

Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group meet.

15 February

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Nhulunbuy to meet with regional stakeholders and government employees to identify and discuss any alcohol-related issues ahead of the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report.

15 February

Industry Reference Group meet.

Mid-February

The Northern Territory Department of Health drafts a scoping paper for a demand study into alcohol treatment services in the NT.

16 February

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Tennant Creek to meet with regional stakeholders and government employees to identify and discuss alcohol-related issues ahead of the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report.

16 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

21 February

Liquor Act Rewrite Working Group meet.

22 February

Membership of the NT Liquor Commission announced

22 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Team meet with the Liquor Stores Association of the NT.

23 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released providing information about Liquor Commission membership.

27 February

The NT Government’s formal Response to the Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report is released. The two documents are:

27 February

The NT Government announces the impending introduction of a minimum floor price of $1.30 per standard drink to minimise the harm associated with high-alcohol, low-cost products.

27 February

The Northern Territory Department of Health receives approval to commission a study looking at the impacts of alcohol harms in the NT. The study will provide up-to-date statistics on the economic impacts of alcohol in the NT. The study will be completed by the Menzies School of Health Research by the end of 2018.

27 February

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released providing further information about the formal Response to the Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report.

28 February - 1 March

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Alice Springs to meet with regional stakeholders and government employees to discuss the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report.

Date Achievement
1 March

NT Liquor Commission becomes operational

1 March

NT Police trial the ‘Last Drinks Survey’ in Darwin. The ‘Last Drinks Survey’ allows Police to identify where people purchased and consumed their last drinks.

2 March

The Community Impact Assessment Guidelines are published by the NT Government as required under the Liquor Act.

  • This completes recommendation 2.1.5 of the Report.
  • The Guidelines will be applied when making decisions under the Liquor Act.
2 March

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

6 March

First meeting of the NT Liquor Commission.

7 March

Liquor Act Rewrite Working Group meet.

9 March

Work begins on finalising new working arrangements between Licensing NT and NT Police.

12-13 March

The NT Government announces an $11.83 million annual investment establishing a new 97-member unit within NT Police. The unit will include 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors to be stationed in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine, 12 dedicated police officers targeting the secondary supply of alcohol in the NT, seven operational staff to ensure liquor licensing monitoring and compliance, and three prosecutors to carry out liquor licensing enforcement action.

The NT Government also announces 10 mobile CCTV cameras will be stationed outside bottle shops to monitor alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and crime.

12-13 March

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Alice Springs to give a presentation about the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report, and to meet with regional stakeholders.

13 March The NT Government announces further details about the 12 dedicated police officers targeting the secondary supply of alcohol in the NT.

The 12 police officers will focus on investigating and preventing the secondary supply of alcohol to people on the Banned Drinker Register throughout the NT.

14 March

The NT Government announces 24 CCTV cameras will be installed in Nightcliff, Palmerston and Tennant Creek to monitor alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and crime

14 March

Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group meet.

15 March

Licensing NT begins reviewing the Code of Practice for the Responsible Promotion and Service of Alcohol to ensure it meets alcohol-related harm minimisation principles.

15 March

Industry Reference Group meet.

15 March

Alcohol Review Implementation Team meet with the Liquor Stores Association of the NT.

20 March

Licensing NT publishes copies of current NT liquor accords online

  • This completes recommendation 2.5.35 of the Report.
21 March

The Liquor Amendment (Point of Sale Intervention) Bill 2018 is introduced in the Legislative Assembly.

  • This is progress against recommendations 2.7.4 and 3.6.2 of the Report, and an initiative under the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-2019
  • The legislation allows Police Auxiliaries to perform point of sale duties, and gives the Commissioner of Police powers to suspend a liquor licence for up to 48 hours.
23 March

First meeting of the Alcohol on the Water Working Group.

  • This is progress against recommendation 2.11.1 of the Report.
  • The working group is made up of representatives from the Amateur Fishermen’s Association NT, NT Seafood Council, NT Guided Fishing Association, and NT Government departments who will provide advice to the NT Government on the implementation of recommendation 2.11.1.
27 March

Liquor Act Rewrite Working Group meet.

27 March

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released

28 March

Industry Reference Group meet.

Date Achievement
6 April

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

10 April

Liquor Act Rewrite Working Group meet.

11 April

Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group meet.

11 April

Alcohol Review Implementation Team meet with the Liquor Stores Association of the NT.

12 April

First meeting of the Restaurant and Small Bars Sub-committee of the Industry Reference Group.

18 April

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Jabiru to give a presentation about the release of the NT Government’s formal response to the Report, and to meet with regional stakeholders.

27 April

Alcohol Review Implementation stakeholder Enewsletter released

30 April

Starting Early for a Better Future Early Childhood Development Plan launched by the Minister for Children. Starting Early for a Better Future is a 10-year strategic plan, supported by a number of actions and targets.

Date Achievement
1 May

Liquor Act Rewrite Working Group meet.

2 May

Licensing NT confirm that the Darwin Waterfront Precinct is included in the Darwin CBD designated area. This completes recommendation 3.3.1.

3 May

The Liquor Amendment (Point of Sale Intervention) Bill 2018 was passed in the Legislative Assembly

  • This completes recommendations 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.3, 3.6.4 and 3.6.5
  • The Point of Sale Intervention Bill amends the Liquor Act to give Police Auxiliaries the powers they need to replace Police Officers outside of takeaway alcohol outlets.
  • Recruitment and training of Police Auxiliaries are expected to commence as soon as practicable to ensure all takeaway licences in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs will have a point of sale intervention.
8 May

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

8 May

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Nhulunbuy to give an update about the NT Government’s formal response to the Report, and to meet with regional stakeholders.

9 May

The Liquor Amendment (Minimum Pricing) Bill 2018 is introduced in the Legislative Assembly

  • This is progress against recommendations 3.2.1, 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 and an initiative under the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-2019
  • The Minimum Pricing Bill will set a minimum price of $1.30 per standard drink in the Northern Territory
  • The legislation will also strengthen penalties for secondary supply and address interstate and internet sales
9 May

The Alcohol Review Implementation Team visit Alice Springs to give an update about the NT Government’s formal response to the Report, and to meet with regional stakeholders.

9 May

Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group meet.

9 May

Alcohol Review Implementation Team presentation to Tangentyrere Council.

10 May

Industry Reference Group meet.

10 May

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released

15 May

Alcohol Review Implementation Team presentation to Palmerston Council.

21 May

Licensing NT begin enquiries with a sample group of licensees to investigate data collection systems and practices in the lead up to the introduction of a minimum floor price in the Northern Territory.

23 May

Alcohol Review Implementation Team presentation to Local Government Association of the Northern Territory.

27 May

Alcohol Review Implementation Team presentation to Territory Families' Youth Roundtable.

28 May

Data and Evaluation Working Group meet.

Date Achievement
12 June

Data and Evaluation Working Group meet.

13 June

Alcohol Harm Minimisation Working Group meet.

19 June

Alcohol Review Implementation Steering Committee meet.

19 June

Industry Reference Group meet.

20 June

Alcohol Review Implementation Team stakeholder Enewsletter released

29 June

The 6 Month Evaluation of the Banned Drinker Register is released. Follow the link to read the full document: Process Evaluation of the Banned Drinker Register in the NT