The Northern Territory (NT) has won the award for the most
action taken on alcohol in 2018 against all other Australian states
and territories, while New South Wales (NSW) has taken the Fizzer
for the worst performer.
'The Fizzers' is an initiative of the National Alliance for
Action on Alcohol (NAAA) that compares progress in alcohol policy
development annually between Australian states and territories. The
Fizzers are scored by three expert assessors in each state and
The NT won the award for the best performer for their
comprehensive alcohol policy reform following their response to the
landmark Riley Review into alcohol policies and legislation.
NAAA Co-Chair Ms Jane Martin said "The Northern Territory
Government is taking action to introduce a range of alcohol
policies that will save lives and keep people healthy and well.
Their comprehensive reform agenda is leaving no stone unturned and
they have also committed to evaluating these measures to contribute
to further evidence-based policy development. They are very worthy
winners of the best performer in the Alcohol Policy Scorecard."
Across 2018 the NT Government has undertaken extensive work to
implement alcohol policy and program changes arising from the
Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review (The Riley Review). In
February 2018 the NT Government responded to the Riley Review
supporting all but one of the 220 recommendations. The NT
Government has made substantial progress in introducing these
recommendations with more than 50 already implemented.
At the other end of the scale, NSW has won the Fizzer for the
worst performing state or territory in 2018. The NSW Government
received the Fizzer because it does not have an alcohol strategy in
place, it failed to introduce several recommendations arising from
a review into alcohol advertising and there is concern about the
level of alcohol industry influence in the states alcohol policies.
NSW was one of three jurisdictions who did not receive a pass mark,
alongside Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
NAAA Co-Chair Dr John Crozier said "The NSW Government is
eroding the safeguards that exist to keep the community safe. This
undermining of these key policies is in part due to the strong
influence of the alcohol industry in this state."
Across the country there were notable actions being taken in
several states and territories including the introduction of
restrictions on advertising of alcohol on public transport in
Western Australia and Victoria and the ongoing commitment to
trading hour restrictions and a comprehensive evaluation across the
state in Queensland.
NAAA Co-Chair Jane Martin said "Across the country we have seen
a number of states and territories introduce measures that
demonstrate a commitment to the health of Australians, with five
out of eight states receiving a pass mark. When the health of
Australians is prioritised ahead of the interests of the alcohol
industry, we all benefit."
copy of the 2018 Alcohol Policy Scorecard