Banned Drinkers Register

From 1 December 2020 anyone wanting to buy takeaway alcohol in the Pilbara is required to show photo ID as the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) trial is underway.

The Banned Drinkers Register identifies people who are banned from purchasing takeaway alcohol and stops their purchase.

It aims to make communities safer by reducing access to takeaway liquor for problem drinkers.

The Banned Drinkers Register does not replace current liquor restrictions in the Pilbara.

Questions about the BDR?

Email BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au   

Telephone (weekdays) 61 8 6551 4820
Telephone (7 days) 0448 359 758 or 0448 359 757

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Frequently asked questions

Who can I contact with a question about the BDR?

You can contact the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries with any questions about the banned drinkers register by email or phone on:

Email BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
Telephone 0448 359 758 or 0448 359 757

What is a banned drinkers register?

A banned drinkers register or BDR, is a list of people who are prohibited from purchasing takeaway alcohol because they have either voluntarily elected to be on the BDR, or they are subject to a current Prohibition Order or Barring Notice.

How do I get on the BDR?

People who are subject to a current Prohibition Order or Barring Notice are placed on the BDR. 

People can also volunteer to be placed on the BDR.

Voluntary applications will require a person to provide their name, photograph, date of birth, address and contact phone number to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries via BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

How do I get off the BDR?

People are automatically removed from the BDR once their prohibition order or barring notice expires. People who are voluntarily on the BDR can also apply to be removed which will take approximately two working days.

Requests to remove a voluntary placement on the BDR will require a person to provide their name, photograph, date of birth, address and contact phone number to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries via BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

What is a Prohibition Order and a Barring Notice?

Prohibition Order
issued by the Director of Liquor Licensing on application by the Commissioner of Police (Part 5A of the Liquor Control Act 1988).
Barring Notice
issued by the Commissioner of Police (or Delegate) (s. 115AA or the Liquor Control Act 1988).

How does a licensee check if a person is on the BDR?

The BDR uses technology provided by the WA company Scantek to compare details from a scanned photo ID with details on the BDR. Scantek equipment communication is securely encrypted with customer information managed in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

What happens if a person is on the BDR and tries to buy takeaway alcohol?

If a person is on the BDR the retail staff are alerted and cannot complete the sale.

Is identification required to purchase takeaway alcohol?

Yes, from 1 December, 2020 everyone who wants to buy takeaway alcohol in the Pilbara must produce an approved and scannable form of ID.

What are approved/accepted forms of ID?

Current approved forms of identification are:

  • all Australian Proof of Age Cards (includes WA Photo Card and Australia Post Keypass)
  • all Australian drivers licences (or international drivers licences in English showing name, date of birth and photo)
  • all Australian or international passports (ICAO standard).

Full list of approved forms of ID

What happens if a person doesn’t have ID?

From 1 December, 2020 everyone will be asked to provide an approved form of identification every time they purchase take-away liquor in the Pilbara region. If you do not have approved identification you will be informed that from 4 January 2021 you will not be able to purchase take-away liquor without producing an approved form of identification.

There are no exemptions to the requirement to produce identification.

How can I get approved identification?

You can apply for identification in person at a Regional Department of Transport (DOT) centre or agent. You will need to supply a combination of five (5) original identity documents to verify your full name, date of birth and current residential address.

You can contact a Department of Transport Licensing Centre for a full list of suitable identity documents or for further information on how to apply for photo ID.

If you are registered with the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC) they may be able to assist you with obtaining  identification.

What if I show up on the BDR and I am not meant to?

All licensees will have access to photos of persons on the BDR and the department will have a seven day a week helpline to resolve  issues as they arise. Contact details for BDR enquires are BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au or 0448 359 758 or 0448 359 757.

Why is the State Government doing this?

The BDR is intended to be an additional mechanism to reduce alcohol related harm in the community. Should the trial prove to be successful, pathways onto the BDR may be expanded.

Will the BDR limit the amount of alcohol I can purchase?

The BDR will have no impact on any existing liquor restrictions that may be in place. The BDR only prohibits the purchase of takeaway liquor for people who are recorded on the BDR.

What is the difference between a BDR and a Takeaway Alcohol Management System (TAMS)?

A TAMS monitors the amount and type of alcohol purchased by any person in a day to ensure that they do not purchase above limits imposed by restrictions. A TAMS is only used in conjunction with existing restrictions and operates in a similar manner to the BDR with a requirement for identification to be scanned. If a TAMS is in operation, retail staff are required to record the amount and type of liquor purchased.  Licensed premises are linked by the system which stops people shopping around to buy more than they are permitted.

Approved forms of ID

  • Australian Passport
  • WA Drivers Licence
  • WA Proof of Age Card
  • WA Learners Permit
  • WA Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • ACT Drivers Licence
  • ACT Drivers Licence Probation
  • ACT Learners Permit
  • ACT Proof of Age Card
  • NSW Drivers Licence
  • NSW Provisional/Probationary
  • NSW Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • NSW Proof of Age Card
  • QLD Drivers Licence
  • QLD Learners Permit
  • QLD Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • QLD Proof of Age Card
  • SA Drivers Licence
  • SA Learners Permit
  • SA Provisional/Probationary
  • SA Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • SA Proof of Age Card
  • TAS Drivers Licence
  • TAS Learners Drivers Licence
  • TAS Restricted Drivers Licence
  • TAS Provisional/Probationary
  • TAS Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • TAS Proof of Age Card
  • NT Drivers Licence
  • NT Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • NT Proof of Age Card
  • VIC Provisional Licence
  • VIC Drivers Licence
  • VIC Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • VIC Proof of Age Card
  • VIC Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • International drivers licences
  • International passports

Help services available

Alcohol and Drug Support Line

Telephone 1800 198 024 (regional toll-free from a landline)
Telephone 61 88 9442 5000 (metro)
Email alcoholdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au

The Alcohol and Drug Support Line is a confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use. You can call any day at any time. Contact with the Alcohol and Drug Support Line is one-to-one with a professional counsellor.

The counsellor who answers your call can:

  • listen to what is going on for you
  • provide you with information about alcohol or drug use
  • provide emotional support
  • talk about treatment options
  • refer you to local services that can provide ongoing support.

Pilbara Community Alcohol and Drug Service — Mission Australia

Freecall 1800 00 55 79

Pilbara Community Alcohol and Drug Service provides individuals and families with free and confidential access to a comprehensive range of alcohol and drugs services from four locations throughout the Pilbara. Outreach to smaller communities happens on a regular basis. Contact offices between 8:30am to 4:30pm to check if your community is visited.

South Hedland PCADS Office

3/7 Tonkin Street (PO Box 3577) South Hedland WA 6722
Telephone 61 8 9174 4800

Karratha PCADS Office

2/1 Sharpe Ave (PO Box 991) Karratha WA 6714
Telephone 61 8 9182 3600

Newman PCADS Office

Newman House 15 Iron Ore Parade (PO Box 108) Newman WA 6753
Telephone 08 9154 3800

Tom Price PCADS Office

Stadium Road (PO Box 116) Tom Price WA 6751
Telephone 61 8 9189 3333

Yaandina Community Services Ltd

56 Hampton St, Roebourne WA 6718
Telephone 61 8 9182 1172

Yaandina offer drug and alcohol treatment services to individuals and communities. The services provide prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare services primarily for Indigenous Australians.

Bloodwood Tree Association Inc 

19 Hamilton Rd, South Hedland WA 6722
Telephone 61 8 9138 3006
Email aodadmin@bloodwoodtree.org.au

Bloodwood Tree provides community-based prevention and alcohol and drug treatment for a primarily Aboriginal client group. Outreach services are provided to surrounding Aboriginal communities.

Page reviewed 04 December 2020