The $1 million trial, which includes a $228,000 contribution from local governments across the Kimberley, aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by targeting problem drinkers and restricting their access to takeaway alcohol.
The trial will combine the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) and Takeaway Alcohol Management System (TAMS). The TAMS allows customers to purchase alcohol up to any daily volume limit applicable to their area.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries engaged Scantek — the Western Australian company that supplied the system — to develop a BDR/TAMS app that can be used on a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet.
The mobile app will provide similar functionality to a fixed identification scanning device, with the same levels of security and privacy.
The aim of the app is to make it easier to purchase takeaway liquor in situations where a fixed scanning unit is not as practical, such as a drive-through bottle shop or in areas of licensed premises not in regular use.
It is anticipated the app will be able to work in conjunction with, or instead of, fixed scanning devices and be more flexible and easier to use.
The two-year trial has started with a soft launch period, during which time customers will be allowed to buy alcohol without presenting scannable identification.
The next phase of the trial will begin once the technology becomes available and will include rolling out the BDR and TAMS across the broader Kimberley region. The Industry TAMS trial currently underway in Kununurra and Wyndham will continue until
that time. From then, if a person does not have approved photo identification, they won’t be able to purchase takeaway alcohol.
All other restrictions and measures in place across the Kimberley will not be impacted by the commencement of the trial.
The trial will be evaluated by The University of Western Australia.