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Annual Report 1992-1993 Northern Territory Liquor Commission



Annual Report 1992-1993 Northern Territory Liquor Commission

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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT The past year has been one of significant policy direction change for the Commission in relation to the implementation of the various provisions of the Liquor Act throughout the Northern Territory. Adoption of the mission statement coupled with the development and ultimate implementation of the corporate plan focused on the enforcement of improved overall activity of licensed premises rather than technical or legalistic breaches of the Act. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Northern Territory Police and the Northern Territory Liquor Commission formalised a joint but flexible approach to the policing of the Act. The agreement also facilitates optimal use of Police data in developing strategies to control undesirable practices which support anit-social behaviour, violence or other disruptions to the orderly lifestyle of Territorians. The Commission has become more proactive in relation to the real, potential or perceived problems in the more remote areas of the Northern Territory. This is being evidenced through greater consultation with communities and through encouraging increased community participation in the decision making process. The aim of the approach is for community leaders and members to accept more responsibility for the availability and consumption of liquor on their communities. Enhanced liaison with the Alcohol Policy Unit has enabled a degree of complementary approaches by the two agencies. Reactivation of the Alcohol Consultative Committee was met with a positive reaction from all participants. Members of the Committee represent the liquor industry, Police, Alcohol Policy Unit, Department of the Chief Minister, Department of Health and Community Services and the Commission. Establishment of an effective secretariat to support the Alcohol Consultative Committee has allowed a refocus of greater emphasis on written submissions leading to improved information flow to the group and the opportunity for heightened consideration of all issues and recommendations. 1993/4 should see the Commission consolidate its various activities and build on gains achieved throughout the year. Increased staff training, continual assessment of activities, community needs and responses will enable the Commission to respond and to move forward, confident of maintaining and improving its operations. J V. MALEY CHAIRMAN