The harmful use of alcochol and illicit drugs is a major inhibitor of family development among Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and the Pilbara regions. It constrains the effectiveness of early childhood, education, health and other human services, and diminishes family resilience. Alcohol and drug-related medical conditions are also causes of avoidable deaths in custody.
With the support of local Aboriginal communities, the State Government is:
- Placing a range of restrictions on the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol.
- Providing a range of mental health and drug and alcohol services.
- Working to address the impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
The State Government will provide better coordination at the regional and local level to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and illicit drugs on Aboriginal families in regional and remote areas. It will consult with communities that wish to introduce or strengthen restrictions on alcohol supply and consumption.
The State Government will also work with local governments and Aboriginal leaders and communities on the potential for region-wide alcohol restriction strategies to complement and connect locality-specific restrictions.
It will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government to provide local support for the: