The Northern Territory Government to establish Liquor Commission

Establishing a Liquor Commission is a key recommendation of the Northern Territory Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Final Report.

Legislation to establish the Liquor Commission will be introduced in the February 2018 Sittings of the Legislative Assembly.

The Northern Territory Liquor Commission will operate as an independent statutory authority with extensive powers to regulate liquor licensing in the NT under the Liquor Act.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assessing and determining applications relating to liquor licences, including new licences
  • hearing and determining complaints.

The Liquor Commission will be supported by the Department of Attorney General and Justice's Licensing NT Division.

The Chair and membership of the NT Liquor Commission will be announced in early 2018.

If you have any questions about liquor licensing in the Northern Territory (including applications or complaints about licensed venues), please contact Licensing NT at

Community Impact Assessment Guidelines open for comment

Amendments to the Liquor Act were also passed during the February sittings via the Liquor Legislation Amendment (Licensing) Bill 2018. An important amendment made to the Liquor Act is the creation of a public interest and community impact test at section 6, which will apply to an application under the Liquor Act in respect of a licence or licenced premises, and when determining the conditions of a licence.

Download a copy of the Draft Community Impact Assessment Guidelines (234.4 kb).

To provide comment or feedback on this working draft please email

Comments close 12pm, Friday 23 February.

Last updated: 16 February 2018