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ACT Government looking at ways to address alcohol-related harms

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is open to a multi-faceted approach to alcohol reform and is currently considering a broad range of measures as part of its Liquor Act review.

The Attorney-General Simon Corbell MLA released an Issues Paper on addressing alcohol-related harms earlier this week, saying: “I’m committed to having an open and broad-ranging conversation… I’m not ruling anything out.”

This consultation is the second phase of the ACT Government’s Liquor Act review, the first of which saw an amendment bill passed in June introducing secondary supply legislation, making it an offence to provide alcohol to those under the age of 18 on private premises.

The Issues Paper includes discussion on limiting the physical availability of alcohol, by potentially reducing the trading hours of licensed venues in the ACT and introducing packaged outlet density restrictions. It also looks at limiting alcohol’s economic availability through taxation and pricing reform, and better regulating alcohol advertising and promotions.

Community members, stakeholders and health experts are encouraged to provide submissions with feedback and proposals for further reform to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related harms in the ACT.

The discussion paper is available for public comment until 31 August.

View the Issues Paper and make a submission

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