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Local government strategies for alcohol-related harm minimisation

16 Nov 2017
Research and Publications

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


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. 

Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
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Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.