Policy

The Foundation supports policy reforms that contribute to a reduction in alcohol-related harms in Australia. Our policy work is informed by the evidence of what is most effective in reducing alcohol-related harms. We support the progression of population-based health measures, which take into consideration the far reaching and complex impacts of alcohol-related harms. We work collaboratively with a range of organisations, government agencies, law enforcement, medical professionals, and community representatives to pursue policy reform.

Our strategic priorities over the next three years are:

  • Pricing – introducing alcohol pricing policies that reduce overall and harmful consumption
  • Promotion – regulating the promotion of alcohol products to reflect that alcohol is a harmful substance
  • Community safety and violence– reducing the availability of alcohol by regulating its sale based on the principle of harm minimisation
  • priority groups – targeting particular population groups that experience higher levels and disproportionate effects of alcohol misuse

One way that we work to prevent alcohol-related harms is through our membership of National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA). NAAA is a coalition of health and community organisations established in 2009 with the goal of reducing alcohol-related harm. The Alliance now has over 50 member organisations, including the Australian Medical Association, Public Health Association of Australia, VicHealth, Australian Drug Foundation, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. The Foundation is an active member of NAAA.

NAAA has developed a policy position paper entitled: Reducing harm from alcohol – creating a healthier Australia. This position paper outlines the Alliance’s position on alcohol pricing and taxation, alcohol marketing and promotion, and alcohol availability.