On 22 August 2018 amendments to the Northern Territory Liquor Act 1978 (the Act) were passed in the NT Legislative Assembly, introducing a minimum alcohol unit price MUP, commonly referred to as a minimum floor price. On 1 October 2018 the MUP was set at $1.30 per standard drink contained in the alcohol product, where the meaning of 'a standard drink is the volume of a liquor product that contains 10g of ethyl alcohol when measured at 20°C'. The legislative amendment prohibits selling alcohol below the price of $1.30 per standard drink (as compared to the $1.50 recommended by the Riley Review), and imposes the minimum price as an automatic condition of a liquor licence.
First evaluation of the MUP: With a consortium of highly skilled researchers from around Australia, Deakin University's Centre for Drug use, Addictive and Anti-social behaviour Research (CEDAAR) has led the investigation of the impacts of the introduction of the alcohol minimum unit price in the NT.
- Demand Study of Alcohol Treatment Services in the NT
This study provides an assessment of how much treatment is currently provided; how much should be provided to meet current demand; and the challenges, barriers and opportunities associated with the planning and delivery of alcohol treatment services in the NT. It responds to multiple recommendations outlined in the NT Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review (Riley, 2017); and a subsequent Northern Territory Government (NTG) commitment to undertake the study in the NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-2019 (NTG 2018).
This study has been led jointly by Menzies School of Health Research and the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the University of New South Wales, and in partnership with the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT).
- Read the Northern Territory Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-19 here. PDF (9.0 MB)
The Action Plan sets out the policy and legislative reforms, enforcement and compliance activities and harm management strategies/services that the NT Government is committed to delivering, in order to prevent and reduce harms associated with alcohol misuse.
The aim of the Action Plan is simple - to significantly reduce alcohol-related harms for Territorians.
To bring about real change and improvement, governments, business and the community need to work together. Everyone has a role in reducing the harms association with the misuse of alcohol in the Territory.
The Action Plan comprises four key areas:
The Action Plan provides a framework for government agencies to continue inter-agency collaboration to bring about a positive impact in minimising alcohol-related harm.
- Strengthening Community Responses – Healthy Communities and Effective and Accessible Treatment
- Effective Liquor Regulation
- Research, Data and Evaluation
- Comprehensive, Collaborative and Coordinated Approach by Government
The NT Government Response to the Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report aligns with the NT Government priority of Safe and Vibrant Communities.
- Read the NT Government Position on Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report Recommendations here PDF (719.7 KB).
The NT Government Position on Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report Recommendations includes a table which sets out each of the 220 recommendations and indicates the Government’s response to each recommendation as either supported, supported-in-principle or not supported.
These are defined as:
Supported - accepted without change or condition. These recommendations have been supported and the table indicates how Government will implement the recommendation;
Supported-in-principle - Government has endorsed the general concept, principle or outcome of the recommendation, but may wish to achieve the same outcome in a different manner to what has been prescribed in the recommendation.
Not supported - the general concept, principle or outcome of the recommendation is rejected by Government and will not be implemented.
- Read the Northern Territory Government’s Response to the Final Report. PDF (3.8 MB)
In March 2017, the Northern Territory Government commissioned the Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review to deliver an analysis of alcohol use in the Northern Territory. The Final Report was handed down on October 2017.
- Medium Term (24 months) Outcomes Evaluation of the Banned Drinker Register
Ernst & Young was commissioned by the Northern Territory Department of Health to conduct an evaluation of the medium-term impacts (24 months) of the Banned Drinker Register. A summary of the evaluation background, aims, methodology and findings and future directions are contained in the following report.
- NT Government's Response to the BDR Evaluation Report Recommendations.
Read the NT Government's Response to the BDR Evaluation Report Recommendations. PDF (2.4 MB)
The BDR Evaluation Report made 23 recommendations for enhancements and improving the impact of the BDR. 14 recommendations are supported, with a further 9 supported in principle.
The Process Evaluation of the Banned Drinker Register (the BDR Evaluation Report) was undertaken by Menzies School of Health Research. It covers the first 6 months of operation and was released in June 2018. Read the Process Evaluation of the Banned Drinker Register here. PDF (6.5 MB)
- 12 Month Banned Drinker Register (BDR) Evaluation Report: December 2018
Read the 12 month Banned Drinker Register (BDR) Evaluation Report.
The evaluation report represents Part 1 of a two part 12-month evaluation process. Part 1 involves a descriptive analysis of administrative data held by the Northern Territory Government (NTG). Part 2 will involve an independent analysis of key stakeholder perspectives about the impact of the BDR in the first 12 months of its implementation. Part 2 will involve an independent analysis of key stakeholder perspectives about the impact of the BDR in the first 12 months of its implementation. This will be released in 2019.
- Northern Territory’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategy: December 2018
Read the Northern Territory’s first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategy
The Northern Territory Government is delivering broad alcohol reforms that aim to reduce the demand, supply and harm caused by alcohol across the NT. It is anticipated that the initiatives targeting alcohol misuse across the NT will reduce population levels of consumption, and will contribute to reducing the incidence of FASD in our community.
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