Banned drinker register (BDR)

Since 1 September 2017 all Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory wanting to buy takeaway alcohol need to show photo ID for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR).

The BDR identifies people who are banned from purchasing takeaway alcohol and stops their purchase.

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

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BDR Online Course through Mylearning

This course is designed to build knowledge and understanding regarding the Banned Drinker Register, including processes and legislation.

This course is available to everyone including non departmental staff.

Go to Mylearning website access BDR online Course. Type BDR in the search box.

This course is free and it take up to 15 minutes to complete.

  • Complete the Quiz
  • Complete the Evaluation
  • And you can get your certificate

How the register will help

A range of therapeutic support options are in place so people who are placed on the register can get the help and support they need to deal with alcohol misuse.

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

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

If a person with a ban of 6 months or more completes a recommended therapeutic support program, their ban may be reduced.

Treatment is not compulsory. It is up to the person to decide whether they need and want help to address their drinking problem.

Who this will help

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

The objective of the BDR is to reduce the harm to individuals, families and the wider community caused by alcohol misuse, and to reduce 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 the BDR works

  • The BDR is one of the tools to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our community, and it aims to reduce health-related harms associated with alcohol misuse by encouraging and supporting people to access help.
  • The BDR offers therapeutic support rather than punishing people who have a drinking problem.
  • The BDR  has more pathways for a person to be placed onto it.
  • A person may get placed on the BDR  through referral by:
    • Registered nurses, Doctors, AHPRA psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and Paramedics
    • Child protection workers, Social workers, sobering up shelter Team Leaders
    • Public Housing Safety Officers, Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW), Australian Counselling Association Level 4 Counsellors
    • By family members and carers worried about the persons harmful drinking
    • Police and the Courts.

Please see the below Fact Sheets for more information.

Process evaluation report

Monthly report

Printable resources:



BDR in language


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

  • BDR Registrar: phone 1800 237 226 between 8:00am to 4:21pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
  • BDR Technical Helpdesk (for licensed premises): phone 1800 786 099. This is a 24/7 hotline.

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Last updated: 22 June 2021

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