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Page 21 JANUARY 2013 Q: What are minimum standards? A: Minimum standards will help communities to develop Alcohol Management Plans that are effective in addressing alcohol-related harm, keep the community safe and help to protect vulnerable people in the community, particularly women, children and families. The standards will be accompanied by a set of guidelines and tools, such as checklists and templates, to use when developing a Plan to make sure it covers things like: who is involved in developing and managing the Plan; how the Plan will address alcohol-related issues in the community; roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders; how the Plan will be reviewed; and what geographic area is covered by the Plan. Q: How have the proposed minimum standards been developed? A: The draft minimum standards have been developed based on initial discussions between the Commonwealth Government, Northern Territory Government and other key stakeholders. The standards reflect supply, demand and harm reduction strategies. Q: How long will it be before minimum standards are finalised? A: Minimum standards for Alcohol Management Plans are expected to be in place by March 2013. Before they are finalised we want to hear the views of people that live in communities in the Northern Territory and a range of stakeholders about what is in them. We are currently seeking comments from stakeholders and communities. After comments close on 14 December 2012, the Government will review the feedback and finalise the minimum standards to go to Parliament for approval. When finalising minimum standards, the Government will consider expert advice and research that identifies approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm, supply and demand and safe drinking levels. Q: Where a community has already begun developing an Alcohol Management Plan, will they need to change it to make sure it meets the minimum standards? A: Where a community has already begun developing a Plan, they will be assisted by the Australian Government and the Northern Territory Government to make sure their Plan addresses the minimum standards. If the Plan needs to be worked on to meet minimum standards, local organisations and government workers will work with the community to support them in strengthening strategies and filling in the gaps. Q: Do all communities in the Northern Territory have to have an Alcohol Management Plan? A: Alcohol Management Plans are not compulsory. Each community can choose whether they want to develop an Alcohol Management Plan.