Please note consultation closes 2.30pm Monday 7 November 2022
Preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm is an ongoing priority for the State Government. The State’s vastness and diversity , present unique challenges in developing policies that help protect individuals and communities at risk of alcohol-related
harm. Following consultation with industry, local governments, police and the community, the State Government is trialling a Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) to target harmful levels of alcohol use by controlling access to takeaway packaged liquor.
In December 2020, the State Government, through the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, started a two-year BDR trial in the Pilbara. Subsequent BDR trials commenced in the Kimberley in July 2021, and the Goldfields in March
The DLGSC engaged the University of Western Australia (UWA) to undertake an independent evaluation of the BDR Pilbara and Kimberley program trials. The Kimberley evaluation also includes the Takeaway Alcohol Management System, and is expected to be finalised
in late 2022.
The interim evaluation of the Pilbara BDR trial’s first year of operation identified a range of opportunities to enhance the program’s effectiveness as a harm minimisation tool. This consultation seeks feedback on a suite of reform options
to improve and strengthen the BDR.
The BDR is a register of Western Australians who are banned from purchasing takeaway alcohol.
The BDR has been extended to packaged liquor retailers in areas where a BDR is in operation. There are three pathways to BDR registration: being subject to Prohibition Orders or Barring Notices, or through voluntary self-nomination. By prohibiting purchases,
the BDR aims to restrict access to alcohol in cases where consumption levels are causing harm.
In areas where the BDR operates, anyone purchasing takeaway packaged liquor must present an eligible form of identification. Staff use a BDR scanner to scan the eligible ID at the point of sale. Scanners immediately notify staff if the customer is on
the BDR, which provides them with information to determine whether the sale can proceed. A recognised strength of the BDR is its focus on restricting the purchase of takeaway alcohol by people with harmful alcohol use and on the register, without
impacting on moderate alcohol consumers.
As at 5 September 2022, BDR registrations per region were as follows:
The Pilbara evaluation focused on the BDR technology and system from an industry perspective, noting that this stakeholder group, as the system’s main users, was well placed to identify issues with, and improvements to, its operation.
The evaluators observed that after 12 months of operation:
The evaluators recommended the following broad courses of action:
Similar improvements to the BDR have been suggested by other stakeholders outside of the interim evaluation process.
In response to the interim evaluation findings, the State Government is considering a suite of legislative changes to optimise the BDR. These legislative options are highlighted below and detailed in the table below.
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