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Annual Report 1992-1993 Northern Territory Liquor Commission



Annual Report 1992-1993 Northern Territory Liquor Commission

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Northern Territory Liquor Commission HIGHLIGHTS Following the appointment of the new Chairman in mid March, the Commission's first and most fundamental task was to define its primary goal or mission statement. This was achieved along with the development of the Commission's corporate plan and organisational review. The Commission's activities are clearly focussed on the irresponsible or excessive consumption and supply of liquor not on liquor consumption or sales in general. Policy changes arising out of the statement make it relatively easy to obtain a liquor licence, but also easier to lose a licence for breaches of the provisions of the Liquor Act. The organisational review means a more proactive approach by the Commission to assist licensees in understanding and meeting their legislative responsibilities and to detect fee avoidance There is a greater focus on outcomes and research, evaluation and integrated policy development using internal and external sources of information. Narrow job profiles have been eliminated. There is increased task-sharing (multi skilling) both within and between functional groups (branches). The positions of Regional Executive Officer, Alice Springs, and Executive Officer, Administration, Darwin have been abolished. The Deputy Registrar's position, Darwin, was utilised to outpost the officer to develop a liaison strategy between the Commission and the Northern Territory police. A formal agreement signed by the Chairman of the Commission and the Commissioner of Police formalises Police/Liquor Commission liaison and sets the parameters within which the newly created Intelligence Liaison Officer operates. In keeping with the change in focus, Commission Officers adopted the formal role of Project Officers in contrast to their previous role of inspectors of licensed premises. As Project Officers, their responsibility is now on reviewing the total operations of licensed premises, the conduct, management of the licensee, while gathering support information on the needs and wishes of the community for presentation to the Commission. Joint operations with the Police and Police assistance in the provision of alcohol related crime statistics is now an integral part of the Commission's day to day operations. The Commission will continue to liaise and interchange information with the Alcohol Policy Unit, Department of Health and Community Services, to implement the Governments Living With Alcohol Program. It is anticipated the new organisational structure will more appropriately meet the Commission's plan for the future with a focus on outcomes and flexibility. Page 9 Annual Report 1993