Review of takeaway licence conditions in Alice Springs

On 12 June 2018, following an own initiative inquiry, the Northern Territory Liquor Commission (the Commission) varied conditions regulating takeaway sales for 19 liquor licences in the Barkly region.  In its decision, the Commission noted that it had received community representations to also hold a similar inquiry in Alice Springs.

Having now considered those representations, the Commission has decided to inquire into the licence conditions regulating the supply of takeaway liquor in Alice Springs and the surrounding district.

Currently, takeaway liquor is available from ten outlets to the Alice Springs public from 2 pm to 9 pm Monday to Friday, and from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturdays and public holidays (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).  On Sundays, takeaway liquor is available from two drive-through bottleshops between noon and 9 pm.  It is prohibited to sell longneck beer bottles or wine casks larger than 2 litres in Alice Springs.  In addition, no more than one bottle of fortified wine or wine cask may be purchased per person per day, and only after 6pm.

The Commission invites written submissions from members of the public, government agencies and community organisations on the conditions that should apply to takeaway licences in Alice Springs and the surrounding district.

When the consultation period has ended, the Commission will issue the affected licensees with a notice of any variations it proposes, together with the Commission’s reasons.  The licensees will be invited to respond within 28 days, following which the Commission will issue its decision regarding takeaway liquor licence conditions.

Submissions should be lodged via email at or via post to GPO Box 1154, Darwin, NT, 0801, no later than 4 pm on 28 September 2018.  Unless submissions are marked “Confidential”, the Commission reserves the right to post them on its website so that all interested parties can read them at

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Last updated: 05 September 2018