Last updated: 16 Nov, 2017

Reducing alcohol-related harm in the community requires efforts from multiple sectors and levels of government.

Download: Local government approaches to minimise alcohol-related harm: Learnings from a VicHealth workshop (PDF, 319 KB)


The role of councils in the minimisation of alcohol-related harm is complex. Along with challenges, many opportunities exist for councils and other stakeholders to work together and share information and strategies. There are active debates regarding local governments’ roles in both the planning and licensing schemes.

A VicHealth peer-learning workshop involving council representatives and other stakeholders was held in August 2017. The workshop explored local government approaches to addressing alcohol-related harms through planning and other processes.

This summary highlights the issues raised, current council approaches and future opportunities.