BDR Returns On 1 September 2017

BDR Returns On 1 September 2017

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

Countdown To The Banned Drinker Register (BDR)

Victor P Taffa

Gunner Territory Government has delivered on its election commitment announcing more than $17 Million to bring back the Banned Drinker Register and rehabilitate problem drinkers.

Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the BDR will turn off the tap of take away alcohol to problem drinkers.

“Rates of crime, violence and harm associated with take away alcohol and problem drinkers are staggering. It has to stop.” Ms. Fyles said.

“We’ve listened to concerns from the community and frontline services and we’re taking action.”

“New BDR will cut off supply to problem drinkers making our community safer.”

“From September 1 more than 1,000 problem drinkers will be automatically included on the BDR and banned from buying takeaway alcohol.” Ms. Fyles said.

“That figure is expected to grow by 500 a month, tapering off as the bulk of problem drinkers are identified.”

“We know that 2,500 problem drinkers were given access to alcohol when the former CLP (Country Liberal Party) government scrapped the BDR in 2012.”

“What resulted was an increase in alcohol related crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.”

“It was a Territory Labor Government that first introduced the BDR in 2011 and we have been working efficiently across agencies to bring it back and improve the model.” Ms. Fyles said.

From September 1 problem Drinkers will be banned from buying take away alcohol if they:

  • Have any combination of three protective custodies or alcohol infringement notices in 2 years
  • Have two low range drink driving offences or a single mid-range or high-range drink driving offence
  • Are the defendant on an alcohol-related domestic violence order
  • Have an alcohol prohibition condition on a court order (including child protection orders), bail or parole order
  • Are placed on the BDR by a decision of the BDR Registrar after being referred by an authorised person such as a doctor, nurse or child protection worker, or a family member or carer
  • Self-refer for any reason

“An initial BDR ban is three months long. Breaches will see the ban increase to 6 months and then a year.” Ms. Fyles said.

“For people with bans of 6 months or more, an assessment will be offered and recommendations made by a specialist clinician about suitable therapeutic supports.”

Completing the recommended rehabilitation could see the ban reduced.

“Where someone believes they have been placed on the BDR in error, decisions made by Police and by the BDR Registrar will be reviewable by the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT).” Ms. Fyles said.

“Every Territorian has the right to feel safe and expect their homes and property to be secure.”

“That’s why the Gunner Government is addressing crime, harm and dysfunction, by reducing the supply of alcohol to problem drinkers and investing in rehabilitation.”

“$17.2 Million for the BDR has been announced as part of Budget 2017 with funding for the Department of Health and Department of Attorney-General and Justice.”

“Budget 2017 is a fair plan for our future that delivers on our election promises, allowing us to reduce the costs of alcohol related harm that research shows is more than $642 Million for the Territory every year.” Ms. Fyles said.

Department of Health will use $15.5 Million to:

  • Develop specialist assessment and withdrawal services
  • Create integrated pathways to treatment services and follow up services
  • Expand capacity for rehabilitation services
  • Establish a BDR Registrar and employ specialist clinicians

Department of Attorney-General and Justice will use $1.7 Million to:

  • Establish a BDR system
  • Roll out technology

“Alcohol Mandatory Treatment will cease as the new BDR comes into full operation.”

“Temporary Beat Locations (TBL’s) and POSI’s will continue as a resource for Police even after the BDR has been reinstated.”

“Draft Legislation will be introduced to Parliament next month, with the bill expected to be passed in August.” Ms. Fyles said.