Health Promotion's Reducing Access to Alcohol project aims to reduce the harm related to access to alcohol.
Legislation and regulation of licensed premises is often intended to reduce harm related to alcohol, and Health Promotion has an important role in ensuring these controls are applied and implemented appropriately.
A range of
processes are required before retailers and venues can obtain or change a liquor licence.
This is where Health Promotion can step in and provide evidence-based
recommendations objecting to problematic liquor licence applications that are likely to generate harm.
Check out our latest submissions related to liquor licensing and other planning documents:
Reviewing Liquor Licences
When reviewing liquor licences applications Health Promotion considers the following:
The density of liquor outlets in the surrounding area is important as higher densities are associated with increased alcohol related assaults, domestic violence, poorer health outcomes, aggressive price discounting, increased exposure to alcohol by minors, and other harms.
Liquor outlets close to child and youth facilities (e.g. schools, youth centres, early childhood centres), mental health facilities, and vulnerable communities can lead to increased exposure and the secondary supply of alcohol.
Within areas with an already high number of alcohol related assaults and hospitalisations, increasing access to alcohol, along with requests for extended trading hours is associated with further violence and anti-social behaviour.
It’s important to ensure the category of licence being applied for is appropriate for the proposed business and potential clientele.
Liquor Licence Processes
A range of processes are required before retailers and venues can obtain or change a liquor licence. These may include Council Development Consents, Notice of Intentions, Community Impact Statements and Application Lodgement with ILGA (Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority).