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Media release

Minister Paul Papalia MLA at a liquor store
  • State Government's Pilbara Banned Drinkers Register trial begins today.
  • All purchasers of takeaway alcohol would require photo ID to be scanned at the point of sale.
  • Banned drinkers to be prevented from purchasing alcohol and directed to assistance services.
  • Trial to run for two years in collaboration with local industry to test effectiveness in addressing alcohol-related harm.

Anyone purchasing takeaway alcohol would require approved photo ID for scanning at the point of sale.

The two-year trial has started with a month's grace period to allow consumers and licensees time to get used to the new system.

However, from 4 January 2021 if a person does not have approved photo identification they will not be able to purchase takeaway alcohol.

Western Australian company Scantek has provided technology that will scan an ID and display a green light if the sale can proceed or a red light if the individual is a registered banned drinker and cannot legally be sold takeaway alcohol.

Approved photo ID includes a current Australian or international driver's licence, a current Australian or international passport or an Australian government-issued photo ID card.

Those identified as banned drinkers will be directed to appropriate community services to provide access to relevant support programs and initiatives.

People who would like to voluntarily remove their access to takeaway alcohol can also be placed on the BDR.

Banned Drinkers Register


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Page reviewed 27 February 2023