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The Australian Government released draft minimum standards for Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) yesterday (8 November), which are designed to help improve safety for Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
The introduction of strict minimum standards for AMPs is part of the Government’s Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package – a 10 year, $3.4 billion investment to work with Aboriginal people in the NT to build strong, independent lives where communities, families and children are safe and healthy. Alcohol restrictions will continue to be implemented in the NT as part of this package.
AMPs are distinct from alcohol restrictions, and aim to assist Aboriginal communities to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, commented on the AMP standards:
'The minimum standards will ensure Alcohol Management Plans are focused on reducing alcohol-related harm and ensuring the safety of community members – particularly women, children and families.'
Government representatives will now engage in talks with Aboriginal people and other stakeholders about the draft minimum standards. Representatives will meet with community leaders, women's groups, and other community and health workers in NT communities to hear views on what should be included in the standards.
Following the consultations, the Government will finalise minimum standards, from which NT communities can then choose to develop an AMP with the assistance of local organisations and government staff. Feedback and comments are to be received by 14 December 2012.
Source: Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Ph: (08) 6552 6300
Further information on the draft minimum standards:
Alcohol Management Plan Minimum Standards Consultation
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
PO Box 7576
Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610