Liquor licensing – the state of play in Australia

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has undertaken a comprehensive review of liquor licensing in Australia as of December 2010. It has published the findings in the form of three interrelated reports, with a fourth separate executive summary providing coverage on all three reports.

Grounded by a literature review and interviews with a range of key stakeholders, the study aimed to offer a thorough overview of liquor legislation in each of Australia’s eight jurisdictions. Some key findings include:

Alcohol availability: as indicated by the number of liquor licenses and licensed premises has consistently increased over the last 10-15 years.

  • As of Dec 2010 there was one liquor license for every 317 Australians over the age of 18.
  • This proportion was higher for Victoria and South Australia, with respectively one liquor license per 229 and 224 Australians of legal drinking age.
  • Strong common themes were present in all legislations relating to preventing alcohol-related harm, the challenge of intoxication, partnerships as a key strategy for effective implementation and enforcement, the role of police and the importance of investing in data collection.

Trifonoff A, Andrew R, Steenson T, Nicholas R & Roche AM 2011 Liquor licensing legislation in Australia: executive summary, Adelaide SA: NCETA, Flinders University [PDF: 2.89MB]

Trifonoff,A, Andrew R, Steenson, T, Nicholas, R, & Roche AM 2011 Liquor Licensing in Australia: An overview, Adelaide, SA: NCETA, Flinders University [PDF: 3.38MB]

Trifonoff A, Andrew R, Steenson T, Nicholas R & Roche AM 2011 Liquor Licensing in Australia: A jurisdictional breakdown, Adelaide, SA: NCETA, Flinders University [PDF: 2.72MB]

Trifonoff, A, Andrew R, Steenson T, Nicholas R & Roche AM 2011 Liquor licensing in Australia: Police expectations and experiences, Adelaide, SA: NCETA, Flinders University [PDF: 3.66MB]