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The State Government has introduced new legislation to strengthen the effectiveness of the Banned Drinkers Register trial in reducing alcohol related harm in the localities where it operates.
The new laws create a clear framework for when and where a Banned Drinker Area (BDA) can be designated and provide additional pathways, including new Banned Drinker Orders (BDOs), for individuals to be placed on the register for behaviour stemming
from harmful levels of alcohol consumption.
Individuals subject to Prohibition Orders and Barring Notices are also placed on the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) and prevented from buying alcohol where
the BDR is in effect.
Participation by licensees of packaged liquor (takeaway alcohol) outlets in BDAs will be mandatory, and retail staff must scan the ID to check if the purchaser is on the register. If the purchaser is registered on the BDR, the sale must not proceed. Penalties
for non-compliance will apply.
Anyone purchasing takeaway alcohol in a BDA must provide an eligible photo ID every time they make a purchase. Retail staff must scan the ID to check if the purchaser is on the register.
WA Police officers will have/have powers to issue BDOs for alcohol-related offences, including driving under the influence and family violence incidents where alcohol is a contributing factor.
A summary of the legislative changes is provided below.
The Bill addresses the secondary supply of packaged liquor (buying takeaway alcohol for someone else) and makes it an offence to supply takeaway alcohol to someone known to be on the BDR. Penalties of up to $10,000 may apply.
Strict measures have also been introduced to secure the privacy of people on the register and prevent the unlawful disclosure of BDR-related information. The unlawful disclosures or misuse of information by any person attracts a penalty of up to $10,000.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries continues to engage with key stakeholders about the BDR, providing education and support about the program and the new legislative changes.
Posters and information material are provided free of charge, and can be requested by emailing BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au.
A comprehensive evaluation of the enhanced BDR will be undertaken to inform its future beyond the next 2 years.
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