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Alcohol management plan minimum standards: frequently asked questions (2014)

Department of Social Services

This factsheet describes the use of Alcohol management plans in Indigenous communities. Information is provided on:

  • what Alcohol management plans are
  • how Alcohol management plans benefit the community
  • how communities can be supported to develop Alcohol management plans
  • what are the minimum standards
  • how communities and government can make sure plans are working
  • alcohol restrictions in relation to Alcohol management plans.

Abstract adapted from Department of Social Services


Smith K, Langton M, d’Abbs P, Room R, Chenhall R, Brown A (2013)

Alcohol management plans and related alcohol reforms.

Sydney: Indigenous justice clearinghouse


Drug and Alcohol Office (2010)

Halls Creek liquor restrictions interim report: June to August 2009.

Perth, WA: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2010)

Koori alcohol action plan 2010-2020.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria


Waldron T (2009)

Liquor restrictions for Pilbara community.

Perth: Minister Assisting the Minister for Health, Western Australia


Northern Territory Government (2008)

Developing strategies to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related harm in Alice Springs.

Alice Springs: Northern Territory Government, Moving Alice Ahead


Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership (2007)

From hand out to hand up: Cape York welfare reform project: design recommendations.

Cairns, QLD: Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership

This report discusses the Cape York welfare reform project which aims to develop reformed incentives and appropriate supports at the community level to help with the restoration of social norms. The core principles of the project are:

  • all welfare should be conditional
  • further government investment in capability building is needed
  • incentives need to be fundamentally changed to encourage people.

Once the policies recommended by the Institute are supported, the project will initially be trialled in four communities on the Cape York Peninsula. If the trial is successful, the policy principles may be used to inform policy across the Cape York Peninsula and potentially other regions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Katherine Region Harmony Group (2007)

Katherine alcohol management plan: a plan for everyone: draft for discussion only.

Darwin: Katherine Town Council

Northern Territory Government (2007)

Draft Tennant Creek alcohol management plan.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

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