Alcohol Management Plan

About the review

The Queensland Government is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to review Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs).

The Review’s paramount consideration is the safety of residents in the communities, particularly women and children. Other considerations include improving school attendance and reducing child protection issues.

AMPs currently operate in 19 discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across 15 Local Government Areas and were introduced to reduce alcohol related violence, particularly against women and children.

The AMP review will be community driven and led. Because each community is different, with unique histories and aspirations, the Review will adopt a community by community approach.

The Review will consider:

  • Previous reviews and the evidence base regarding alcohol misuse and the causes of high levels of violence
  • The strength of community leadership and capacity to manage alcohol misuse and reduce alcohol-related harm
  • The effectiveness and impacts of current AMP supply and demand strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm
  • The impact of AMPs on community members and regional centres
  • Future strategies to manage alcohol misuse and reduce alcohol-related harm, in each community, with a view to transitioning from AMPs.

Note: some of the documents on this page (top right hand side) were produced by a previous government.

Community proposals

Indigenous local governments, community justice groups, residents and other stakeholders are encouraged to work together to develop community proposals outlining their plans to reduce alcohol-related violence and harm.

The Queensland Government is committed to consulting and considering the views of each community. This extends to seeking the views of local governments in neighbouring regional areas, as well as other stakeholders, on the impact of the AMPs. Government representatives will be available to assist with the development of community proposals.

Where a community wishes to move away from AMPs, transition plans will be developed based on their community proposal. The transition plans will be developed in consultation with each community and will outline ways to manage alcohol misuse, reduce alcohol-related violence, improve school attendance and reduce child protection issues.

Some communities may wish to keep their AMP. The State Government will work with these communities to develop strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Review update

The Review is comprised of three elements:

  1. Community-specific reviews for each AMP.
  2. A general review which will assess the overall effectiveness of AMPs.
  3. A research project to assess whether convictions resulting from the implementation of alcohol restrictions have led to the criminalisation of people (the Convictions Project).

Community-specific reviews have commenced and further consultation is planned with the communities. The General Review and Convictions Project have been completed.

1) Community-specific reviews

Alcohol management proposals have now been received from the 19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that have alcohol restrictions in place. All community proposals have been acknowledged and reviewed by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP).

In developing a community proposal some communities have held community meetings, established working groups to oversee the review process, worked with external parties to facilitate consultation, undertaken community surveys and engaged external parties to evaluate their current AMP.

DATSIP assists communities where requested. This has included providing data about levels of harm, facilitating meetings and supporting community surveys.

Improving school attendance and reducing child protection issues also remain priorities for the Review, and communities have been asked to include strategies to address these issues as part of their community proposal.

2) The Convictions Project

The Convictions Project was undertaken by DATSIP in partnership with the Office of the Government Statistician in response to community concerns about the potential criminalisation of residents. The project examines ‘whether the introduction of alcohol restrictions has led to community residents, who would not otherwise have contact with the criminal justice system, obtaining a criminal history.

Findings were presented in the report titled Alcohol Management Plan Review - Breach of alcohol restrictions in Indigenous communities and associated contact with the criminal justice system. This report was provided to communities on 8 April 2014. A copy of the report is available in the Download Documents section of this page.

3) General Review

DATSIP received 23 submissions from members of the public and key stakeholders. Their feedback was incorporated into the general review undertaken by PwC's Indigenous Consulting, which assessed the overall effectiveness of AMPs.