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Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework 2010-2015 – Rising Above the Influence

The use of alcohol is part of Australian culture, social activity and the economy. It also causes significant harm within communities including preventable illness, death, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, assaults and family and social issues.

The Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework 2010-2015 - Rising Above the Influence is the Government’s overarching policy on alcohol and provides a means to address alcohol issues in a planned and coherent manner. The key strategies of the Framework are:

  • changing the drinking culture in Tasmania;
  • an effective system for controlling the supply of alcohol; and
  • providing effective interventions to deal with and prevent alcohol-related harm.

Click on the link above to find out more about the Framework and how it will guide government agencies, local councils, community sector organisations and industry to work together to tackle the problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

The Inter Agency Working Group on Drugs is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Framework and has now released the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework Annual Implementation Plan 2011. It is a combined plan that highlights the activities of Government and other interested key stakeholders in addressing alcohol-related harms in Tasmania. To access the report through the Tasmanian Drug Strategy website click here.

Government agencies have also developed annual implementation plans that target the Framework’s key strategies and priority areas. The annual implementation plan for the Department of Treasury and Finance is available here.

Report on liquor licensing legislation by Stenning & Associates

An independent review of Tasmanian legislation dealing with the sale, supply and demand for alcohol and the management of alcohol related harm in the State has been completed by Stenning & Associates. The principal focus of this review was the Liquor Licensing Act 1990.

The Stenning Report was commissioned by the Inter Agency Working Group on Drugs and is a key action under the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework. The Report recommends changes to Tasmania’s liquor licensing regulation to improve the way alcohol and alcohol related harm are managed. It provides options for the Tasmanian Government and stakeholders to consider, including changes to the Liquor Licensing Act.

The issues that relate to the Act are now being progressed by the Department of Treasury and Finance through its review of the Act.

Review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 – discussion paper

The purpose of the review is to assess how well the Act and the associated administrative functions align with the aims of the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework, and to identify areas for change for consideration by the Government.

The Department released a discussion paper for comment in late September 2013 and the following submissions have been received.

Clarence City Council
Department of Health and Human Services - Population Health
Department of Police and Emergency Management
Hobart City Council
Licensing Board
Sport and Recreation Tasmania
Tasmanian Hospitality Association
Wine Tasmania
Youth Network of Tasmania
Local Government Association Tasmania
Woolworths Limited
Department of Health and Human Services - Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate
The Salvation Army - Tasmania Division
Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand
Southern Lights Hotel
Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education

A synopsis of the matters raised in submissions has been developed. It provides a summary of the issues and responses rather than an analysis of the issues.

The synopsis is available here.

Submissions will be developed into a second paper that will include proposed amendments to the Act or in administrative changes in the way the Act is applied. This paper will be made available on this website during May 2014 and interested parties will be invited to comment.

    Review timeframe

    Release of discussion paper25 September 2013Completed
    Submissions to discussion paper close29 November 2013Completed
    Release of paper on proposed amendments May 2014
    Submissions to second paper closeJuly 2014
    Report to the GovernmentSeptember 2014

    Reducing Alcohol Related Harm

    Information and support services are available to help prevent alcohol problems and reduce harm from drinking alcohol.

    Sporting Club Alcohol Strategy

    Under the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework, the Liquor and Gaming Branch has initiated a project to assist sporting clubs to develop and implement alcohol harm minimisation strategies to manage their member's interaction with alcohol. The initial focus will be on Australian Rules football clubs. The Branch will be working in close co-operation with the Department of Infastructure, Energy and Resources through their Community Road Safety Program, the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program and AFL Tasmania.

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