Banned drinker register (BDR)

From 1 September 2017 all Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory will need to show photo ID to buy takeaway alcohol.

This change is part of the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) program.

The register will identify people who are banned from purchasing takeaway alcohol and stop them from buying it.

It will assist in reducing alcohol-related harm to individuals, families and the community.

How the register will help

A range of therapeutic support options will be in place to allow people who are placed on the register to get the help and support they need to deal with alcohol abuse.

For people with a ban of six months or more, an assessment will be offered and a specialist clinician will recommend the best form of therapeutic support.

People who are on a shorter ban can request an assessment.

If a person completes a recommended therapeutic support program, their ban could be reduced, where bans are for six months or more.

Treatment will not be compulsory. It will be up to the individual to decide whether they need and want help to address a drinking problem.

Who this will help

The effects of alcohol abuse are often felt by the most vulnerable in our community, such as children and families subject to domestic violence.

A number of therapeutic support options will be provided to the banned adult.

The objective of the register is to reduce the harm to individuals, families and the wider community caused by alcohol abuse, as well as assist managing crime and anti-social behaviour.

How ban decisions will be made

The Banned Drinker Register Registrar will make decisions about whether to issue a banned drinker order and place a person onto the register.

The Registrar will make this decision if requested by various authorised persons, family members, carers or through self-referral.

The Registrar will also decide whether a person’s ban should be reduced if they engage in their therapeutic support plan and, if they are a welfare recipient, whether they should be referred for income management as a result of repeated breaches of their banned drinker order.

How this model is different

While the register is one of the tools to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our community, the new model aims to reduce health-related harms associated with alcohol misuse by encouraging and supporting people to access help.

The new model offers therapeutic support rather than punishing people who have a drinking problem.

The new model provides more pathways for a person to be placed onto the Banned Drinker Register so that more people may be placed on it.

This includes additional pathways through referral by the hospital emergency department nurses or doctors, GPs, child protection workers or family and carers.

Process evaluation report

Monthly report

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Find out more about how the changes to who can buy takeaway alcohol affect you or email

  • BDR Registrar: 1800 237 226
  • BDR Technical Helpdesk (for licensed premises): 1800 786 099

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Last updated: 30 August 2018