History

How we started our Liquor Accord

In starting our Accord we considered the following elements to ensure that the Accord had every chance for success and obtain separate legal advice on the implications of trade practices laws and other legal requirements before adopting liquor Accord strategies.

Starting Local

The motivation to form an Accord must start at a local level. Local communities can be confronted by common issues such as transport issues, residential issues and problem patron offences. So there is a common interest in identifying solutions.

Quite often, the need for an Accord emerges following concerns about particular issues, such as late night trading or premises in residential areas.

Define the Accord Area

What area is to be covered by the Accord? The answer usually lies in geographical boundaries. For example, a police licensing coordinator may wish to develop an Accord for licensed premises in the local area command, a council may opt for an Accord covering their local government area, or another convenient area may be appropriate.

Whatever the area, it must be local, and easily managed by the coordinator.

Involve the Right People

Enlisting the right people and maintaining their support is critical.

It is important to seek involvement from people/groups who are impacted by the issues in your area. Consider including representatives from:

  • liquor licensees
  • Police
  • Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing
  • Emergency Services
  • your local council
  • business and community leaders 
  • neighbourhood watch
  • body corporate managers
  • transport providers
  • entertainment or sporting clubs and venues

The Accord will provide a forum for these stakeholders to share their views, concerns and expectations as you work together for solutions.

The Steering Committee

The establishment of a steering committee should be one of the first goals.

The role of the committee is to drive the development of the Accord – from idea to working group to implementing strategies.

Steering committee responsibilities include:

  1. determining committee composition
  2. determining the Accord area
  3. gathering key data including a list of all liquor outlets by type, offences committed, and problem locations
  4. identifying key local issues
  5. identifying and inviting the participants to the Accord
  6. coordinating meetings
  7. ensuring inclusive communication across all stakeholders
  8. coordinate promotion of the Accord
  9. developing an evaluation plan
  10. preparing a draft Accord document for review by participants
  11. identifying strategy options for review by participants
  12. coordinating strategy implementation

The steering committee seeks support from the Accord participants.

Be sure that Accord participants are willing to contribute time and resources to strategies. “There is no free lunch” and successful Accords are driven by equal contribution from all members – contributing ideas and contributing to the actions to implement strategies.

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