Adelaide City Council – liquor licensing reform submissions

Adelaide City Council is about to review its Liquor Licensing Policy, in light of the range of recent State Government legislative reforms on liquor licensing and associated Codes of Practice. Council has played a role in advocating for creating a more vibrant city and for community safety and harm minimisation to be embedded in licensing reform over the past two years. Council has engaged with State Government through a number of detailed submissions based on community consultation and a working partnership with key State Government agencies.

Council has engaged NLGDAAC in this process through networking, shared resources and information.

The following submissions developed by Adelaide City Council on City Safety and Licensing Reforms can be found downloaded here.

Title Council endorsed
A Safer Night Out and Review of the Code of Practice for Licensed Premises Discussion Papers WorkshopSubmission on OLGC Discussion Papers August  2010
Submission to Consumer and Business Services on the Liquor Licensing Amendment Bill 2011 and Draft Code of Practice May 2011
Submission to Consumer and Business Services on the Draft Late Night Code of Practice November 2011
Capital City  Development Plan Amendment Submission June 2012
Submission to the Attorney General’s Department on Proposed Wine in Supermarkets February 2013
Submission to the Environment, Resources and Development Committee of Parliament – Inquiry into Small Venues and Live Music March 2013
Submission to the Social Development Committee of Parliament – Inquiry into the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol June 2013


Local Government Alcohol Management Package – a toolkit to assist WA local governments

This is an excellent resource for local government to develop a whole of organisation approach to addressing alcohol related harms in the community. The toolkit, originally developed by the WA Government Drug and Alcohol Office, shows how local governments can collect and map relevant data on alcohol related activity to develop a community alcohol profile and an alcohol management plan to meet the specific needs of their community. It includes issues on local laws, alcohol accords, alcohol management at events, liquor licensing, noise, managing open spaces and town planning and, whilst developed for the WA context, is highly relevant to local government across Australia.


Town of Vincent, WA – Alcohol Management Policy

This policy outlines the Town of Vincent’s commitment to minimising and proactively managing the alcohol related harm in the community.


Adelaide Liquor Licensing Accord

The Adelaide Liquor Licensing Accord is a goodwill agreement, developed collaboratively between stakeholders to facilitate the sharing of intelligence, information and ideas to assist in the local management of liquor-related crime and disorder in and around licensed premises, in particular late night entertainment venues.

Accord members include licensees, SA Police (SAPOL), Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner (OLGC), Council, Trader and Precinct Groups and Associations. The Accord is based on four key principles:

1. Ensuring the Responsible Service of Alcohol
2. Providing a Safe and Secure Environment
3. Giving an Ongoing Commitment to Being Good Neighbours
4. Working Cooperatively to Achieve Accord Principles

Adelaide City Council reviewed and relaunched the Adelaide Liquor Licensing Accord (Accord) during 2005 in conjunction with key stakeholders.


Adelaide City Council – Liquor Licensing Policy

This Policy provides a clear picture of Council’s expectations for licensed premises in the City and is an important policy tool to assist managing the mix of different land uses. This policy will be integrated into the Adelaide (City) Development Plan as a part of a proposed Development Plan Amendment.


Adelaide City Council – Dry Area Extension

A Dry Area covering the streets and squares of the city but excluding the Park Lands has been in place since October 2001. An application has been made to extend the current term of the Dry Area until mid 2014. The Dry Area works with Adelaide’s Liquor Licensing Policy and the Adelaide Liquor Licensing Accord to address alcohol related issues in the City. A range of social services have been developed to support the Dry Area (a requirement of putting a Dry Area in place).


Safe Newcastle: Alcohol Management Strategy


Following extensive consultation with the community and relevant stakeholders, the Safe Newcastle Alcohol Management Strategy 2010-2013 (AMS) was developed and adopted by Council in December 2010.

The AMS demonstrates high levels of collaboration with partners including NSW Police, NSW Health, NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR), local liquor accords and Non-Government Organisations.

The AMS seeks to address alcohol related harms through a multi-faceted approach focusing on eight key areas and a total of 35 initiatives. The key areas are as follows:

  • Planning
  • Collaboration
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Communication
  • Community Engagement

Key initiatives include regular meetings of the Newcastle Licenced Premises Reference Group, made up of internal and external stakeholders who come together on a monthly basis to discuss and comment on new applications for licenced premises, and the implementation of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles such as lighting improvements.

Council is also working with key user groups including the Newcastle Crime Prevention Partnership, Newcastle CBD and Hamilton Liquor Accords, and the Newcastle Community Drug Action Team. Work within these groups covers a broad range of strategies to address alcohol related harm including the provision of support for relevant non-government agencies, education strategies, and a high profile drug and alcohol forum.