If you're planning on travelling through Queensland, you need to know about alcohol restrictions.
Alcohol restrictions are in place in the discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Queensland. They aim to help improve the health and well-being of all people living in these communities.
The restrictions either ban or limit the amount and type of alcohol you can take into a community.
Alcohol limits and bans are in place in:
There are different restrictions for each community. In some communities, alcohol is completely banned.
You are breaking the law if you try to go into a restricted area with an amount of alcohol that's above the set limit. If you do, you risk having to pay a fine or going to jail. The maximum penalties for breaching the alcohol limit are:
Certain roads and public areas which are included in the restricted areas of Doomadgee, Lockhart River and Wujal Wujal have been declared as "specific roads and public facilities".
A bona fide traveller exemption applies to specified roads and facilities in these three communities whereby someone passing through can carry more than the prescribed amount of alcohol allowed in the restricted area, provided they meet the following criteria:
The exemption only applies to bona fide travellers passing through Doomadgee, Lockhart River or Wujal Wujal on the following roads or while using the specified public facilities noted below:
All other roads and facilities within these three communities are subject to the restrictions, there are no exemptions for anyone.
The bona fide traveller exemption does not apply in any other community.
Alcohol carriage limits must be adhered to at all times when travelling through any alcohol restricted community on roads not listed above.
Police can stop and search any vehicle coming into a Restricted Area. Police can take all alcohol where alcohol restrictions are being breached. They can also seize a vehicle (including a car, a boat or a plane) used to bring alcohol into a Restricted Area or dry place. Police can take a vehicle if they believe it is necessary to stop the vehicle being used again to break alcohol laws.
The new laws allow police to: