What police want from liquor licensing legislation: the Australian perspective

Allan Trifonoff, Roger Nicholas, Ann Roche, Tania Steenson, Rachel Andrew

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    Qualitative interviews were undertaken with 53 Australian police officers with specialist expertise in liquor law enforcement to ascertain their perspectives concerning the liquor licensing legislation in Australia's eight states and territories. Respondents generally indicated that current arrangements favoured the interests of the alcohol industry and did not sufficiently empower them to reduce alcohol-related harms. Other key themes included: ambiguity surrounding the police role in liquor licensing; difficulties in enforcing drunkenness-related offences; partnerships; strategies to enhance enforcement; data/intelligence gathering; and the separation of Ministerial responsibilities for liquor licensing and policing. Overall, police in Australia are not currently being given the tools they require to effectively reduce alcohol-related harms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-306
    Number of pages14
    JournalPolice Practice and Research: An International Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


    • alcohol
    • enforcement
    • legislation
    • liquor licensing
    • police


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