26 February 2018
Australia has been without a National Alcohol Strategy since
2011 and needs a plan that is going to achieve change.
While there are sensible opportunities for action and a summary of
recent evidence within the current Consultation Draft, it lacks a
tangible program of activity and clearly defined performance
measures. It also lacks detail on how objectives will be
implemented, timeframes, and accountability mechanisms.
The Consultation Draft does not acknowledge the influence of the
alcohol industry which provides significant political donations to
both the major parties.
RACS supports the suggestions made by the National Alliance for
Action on Alcohol in its joint submission with the Foundation for
Alcohol Research and Education to this consultation.
These include adopting the National Road Safety Strategy
2011-2020 model or similar to put meaningful support behind a
National Alcohol Strategy, adopting a system of strong
accountability measures to monitor progress, and introducing
priority actions with timeframes.