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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 (2011)

Strong spirit strong mind : Aboriginal drug and alcohol framework for Western Australia 2011- 2015.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: a 'window of opportunity' for improved health, education, housing and employment.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia


Australian Capital Territory Department of Health (2010)

ACT alcohol, tobacco and other drug strategy 2010-2014.

Canberra: Australian Capital Territory Department of Health

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

Northern Territory Department of Justice (2010)

Proposed alcohol management plan for the regional area of Darwin and Palmerston.

Retrieved August 2010 from

Origin Consulting, Bowchung Consulting (2010)

Review of the alcohol and other drugs components of the Northern Territory emergency response - final report.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia


Drug and Alcohol Office (WA) (2009)

Fitzroy Crossing liquor restriction October 2007 to September 2008 twelve month report.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report, compiled by the Drug and Alcohol Office of WA, provides statistical information regarding the first 12 months of takeaway alcohol restriction in Fitzroy Crossing. Information summarised in this report includes statistical information about police, health services, licensed venues, supermarkets, and regional sobering up centres. This report will be followed up by a comprehensive report by the University of Notre Dame which will include in-depth qualitative and quantitative data and analysis.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Waldron T (2009)

Liquor restrictions for Pilbara community.

Perth: Minister Assisting the Minister for Health, Western Australia

Western Australia Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor (2009)

Halls Creek liquor restrictions.

Retrieved from

Western Australian Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor (2009)

Restrictions in remote regions.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor


Drug and Alcohol Project Coordinator - Social Policy and Programs (2008)

Drug and alcohol strategy 2007-2010 [City of Sydney].

Sydney: City of Sydney

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

Queensland Government (2008)

Queensland drug strategy 2006-2010: midpoint implementation report.

Brisbane: Queensland Government


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.

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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

NSW Health (2007)

NSW Aboriginal mental health and well being policy 2006-2010.

Sydney: NSW Health

This policy aims to address the relatively low levels of specialist mental health service utilisation in Aboriginal communities, despite a high level of need related to mental health and wellbeing. The policy is a framework to guide NSW Health and NSW Area Mental Health Services in the provision of culturally sensitive and appropriate mental health and social and emotional well being services to the Aboriginal community. A number of best practice interventions are also highlighted in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2006)

National drug strategy: Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area complementary action plan 2003–2009: Supplement to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples complementary action plan 2003–2009.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

Queensland Government (2006)

Queensland Drug Strategy 2006-2010.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Senior K, Chenhall R, Ivory B, StevensonC (2006)

Alcohol management plan.

Alice Springs: Northern Territory Government


Drug and Alcohol Office (2005)

Strong spirit, strong mind: Western Australian Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drugs Plan 2005-2009.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office, Government of Western Australia

Drug and Alcohol Office (2005)

Western Australian drug and alcohol strategy 2005-2009.

Perth: Government of Western Australia


South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (2004)

Aboriginal health - everybody's business: substance misuse: a South Australian strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2005-2010.

Adelaide: South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership

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