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Evaluating an Innovative Alcohol Permit System Introduced by a Cluster of Remote Aboriginal Communities



The Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra Island Alcohol Management System is an innovative program, developed at the request of the Aboriginal communities and through partnerships with industry, local agencies and licensing authorities.

Every person in the region (no matter what their skin colour) requires a permit to buy takeaway alcohol. Anyone who is involved in alcohol related offences, or supplies alcohol to someone without a permit, loses that right to purchase takeaways.

The Anindilyakwa Land Council approached the University of Sydney for an independent evaluation of this program. Those interviewed, reported that it has resulted in marked improvements in quality of life.

Abstract adapted from Discipline of Addiction Medicine, Sydney University


Kate Conigrave
Indigenous substance misuse programs
Addiction Medicine
Central Clinical School
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Ph: (02) 9515 8650
Fax: (02) 9515 5779

Evaluated publications

Conigrave K, Freeman B, Caroll T, Simpson L, Kylie Lee KS, Wade V, Kiel K, Ella S, Becker K, Freeburn B (2012)

The Alcohol Awareness project: community education and brief intervention in an urban Aboriginal setting.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 23(3): 219-225


Last updated: 2 November 2016
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