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Current review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic) considers family violence


Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Victorian Government ensure that the terms of reference of the current review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic) consider family violence and alcohol-related harms. The review should involve consultation with people who have expertise in the inter-relationship between family violence and alcohol use.

  • The government has commenced reviewing the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

    The review identified ways to reduce red tape and regulatory burden and ensure that Victoria has the right laws to support its liquor and hospitality industries, including its attractive café, restaurant, pub, club, bar and night-life culture. It also assessed the effectiveness of the Act’s harm minimisation measures, including the degree to which they play a part in reducing and preventing the incidence of family violence.

  • On 4 November 2016, the government released terms of reference and a consultation paper for a review of the Act. The terms of reference specified that the review also investigate measures relevant to family violence.

    Submissions in response to the consultation paper closed on 16 December 2016. Sixty-five submissions were received, including from experts in family violence response. In addition, consultative meetings were also held with experts on the relationship between family violence and alcohol misuse.

    Outcomes of the consolation process were presented to government for its consideration during this term of parliament. Further policy work is continuing to examine issues raised in the consultation relating to the nexus between alcohol misuse and family violence.

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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