The BDR restricts access to takeaway alcohol for consumers whose drinking is causing harm. There are 3 ways to end up on the register:
In areas where the BDR operates — across the Pilbara, Kimberley and Goldfields — anyone buying takeaway packaged liquor must present an eligible form of ID to be scanned at the point of sale. Scanners will immediately notify the seller if
the customer is on the BDR.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) engaged the University of Western Australia (UWA) to produce the Pilbara BDR Interim Evaluation Report, which identified potential scheme improvements such as:
The consultation aims to gather views and experiences of individuals, communities, and relevant organisations on the harmful impacts of alcohol consumption in Western Australia.
How the State Government does that, taking into consideration WA’s vastness and diversity, presents unique policy-development challenges and makes consultation vital. In addition to the potential scheme improvements identified in the evaluation
report, a range of options being canvassed include:
The consultation period is 4 weeks from 29 September 2022. DLGSC wants to hear from community, industry, local governments, police, State Government agencies, and the health and support services sector.
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In December 2020, the State Government, through DLGSC, started a 2-year BDR trial in the Pilbara. Subsequent BDR trials commenced in the Kimberley in July 2021 and the Goldfields in March 2022.
As at 12 September 2022, BDR numbers per region were as follows:
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