NT Government to introduce Alcohol Protection Orders
Northern Territory Business Minister David Tollner announced the government will introduce tough new alcohol protection orders to reduce crime across the Territory. The orders will be introduced under the Liquor Act and will support the government's target of a 10 per cent reduction in crime and further strengthen the tools available to NT Police in responding to alcohol-related offences, including domestic violence, Mr Tollner said.
An Alcohol Protection Order will prevent a person from possessing or consuming alcohol or attending licensed premises, other than for work or for place of residence. It can be issued to any person who is charged with an offence carrying a minimum penalty of six months imprisonment or more, where alcohol was a factor (including offences under the Traffic Act). These orders can be issued for three, six or 12 months - three months for the first offence, six months for a second offence and 12 months for a third or subsequent offence.