Alcohol Action Framework

The term of the Alcohol Action Framework ‘Rising Above the Influence’ has been extended to the end of 2019.  A new Tasmanian Alcohol Plan will be developed mid-late 2019, and will be informed by both the new National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 which is not expected to be finalised and endorsed until late 2018, and by a new Tasmanian Drug Strategy expected to be developed in  2019.

Alcohol is one of the most widely accepted and used psychoactive, or mood-changing, recreational drugs in Australia. It is embedded in Australian culture, social activity and the economy. However, the use of alcohol comes at an enormous cost to society.

The Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework 2010-2015 provides a policy framework to guide activities and partnerships between Government Agencies, local councils, community sector organisations, and the liquor and hospitality industries to deal with alcohol issues and reduce the social harms associated with alcohol in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework is one of three initiatives under the Tasmanian Drug Strategy 2005-2009.

The Framework focuses on:

  • cultural change
  • an effective system for controlling the supply of alcohol
  • the provision of effective interventions to address the priorities of health and wellbeing of the population
  • community safety and amenity; intoxication; and the high risk groups and high risk behaviours

This whole of community Framework, developed by the Interagency Working Group on Drugs (IAWGD) takes into account the National Alcohol Strategy, the National Drug Strategy, the Tasmanian Drug Strategy, and the work of the National Preventative Health Taskforce.

The IAWGD oversees the implementation of the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework through the development of Annual Implementation Plans.

Annual Implementation Plans highlight the activities of Government Agencies and other interested stakeholders in addressing alcohol-related harms in Tasmania. They provide a comprehensive view of the new and existing activities and initiatives that interested organisations are committed to undertaking.

The IAWGD reports to Government on the progress of the Framework on an annual basis through the Minister for Health.