Since December 2010, the ACT has calculated and set liquor licensing fees according to venue type, occupancy, and trading hours (known as risk-based licensing – RBL). RBL was introduced in the ACT amid growing concerns about the prevalence of alcohol-related problems at licensed premises, increases in the proportion of assaults involving alcohol and increases in hospitalisations for alcohol-related injury. RBL aims to recover some of the policing and regulatory costs of alcohol-related offences with higher risk licensees required to contribute proportionally more to these costs by paying higher licensing fees. This study investigated the impacts of RBL on patterns of alcohol-related offences in the ACT and stakeholders’ perceptions of its efficacy and limitations. It is the first study to attempt to evaluate the impacts of RBL on alcohol-related offences and to seek input from key-stakeholders as to its efficacy and limitations.
Read the full report: Mathews R; Legrand T. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) (December 2013) Risk based licensing and alcohol-related offences in the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).