NT alcohol restrictions end next week – but not everyone’s toasting the change

Professor Elizabeth Crawford Spencer
Shelves of alcohol

In 2012, legislation was introduced in the NT to restrict the possession and supply of alcohol without a liquor licence or permit in designated alcohol protected areas.

This legislation will expire at midnight on 16 July 2022, when 344 areas where Aboriginal people live will go back to unrestricted alcohol access. Alcohol restrictions in about 100 general restricted areas that were in place prior to the Stronger Futures legislation will continue under the Liquor Act 2019.