Running a liquor accord group is about building a dynamic forum where people can discuss problems and decide on appropriate action.
Members of a liquor accord work together to develop an effective agreement to address alcohol-related issues in their local area. This agreement outlines harm minimisation strategies to deal with alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.
The best liquor accord groups prevent alcohol-related issues occurring in local areas before they escalate and become ongoing problems.
Police and local councils play an important role in helping identify current and emerging issues, so that accord members can deal with problems.
Liquor accord groups succeed by:
Successful liquor accord groups review their strategies regularly to make sure they deal with local alcohol-related issues, including new and emerging problems.
Here are some ideas for running your liquor accord group:
Running a Successful Accord (PDF, 191KB) A guide to the fundamentals behind every successful liquor accord group.
Top Tips – Liquor Accord Group Meetings (PDF, 191KB) How to hold a meeting that is effective and fair to all members.
Top Tips – Working with the Media (PDF, 354KB) A guide that explains how to promote your liquor accord group by understanding how to work with the media.
Constitution for liquor accords template (DOC, 299KB) A generic constitution you can adapt for your own liquor accord group. This example provides structure and sets out details such as voting rights, and roles and responsibilities.
The overall success of a liquor accord group is dependent on the active participation of members. You can conduct a membership drive by highlighting the benefits and recent successes of your liquor accord group and inviting licensed venues to meetings to encourage greater local participation. Contact us for a list of licensed venues in your local area.
View the membership brochure (PDF, 217KB).
A logo for NSW liquor accords is available on request to help promote your accord and its vital contribution to harm-minimisation in your community.
We can design a personalised logo for your liquor accord to promote the good work of your members and to increase your accord's recognition in your community.
An incorporated accord offers protection to members for their legal transactions. Incorporated accord groups have their legal identity separate from its members.
An accord can consider incorporating as an association to limit the members' individual liability.
Members are liable only for the amount each one owes the association for their membership, and are not liable for any outstanding costs.
Incorporating your accordNSW Fair Trading can give you advice and support to step you through the process of incorporating your liquor accord group. Access the incorporation fact sheets, forms and contact details by visiting this website.
Applying for an ABN for your accord You need an ABN if your liquor accord has a turnover of $75,000 or more, or a turnover of $150,000 or more if it's classified as a not-for-profit entity. Most accords will fall under this threshold, but you can still get an ABN.
Business planning and small business adviceThe Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) works to improve the operating environment for small businesses throughout NSW. The role of the OSBC is to:
Taxation for not-for-profit organisations Most liquor accord groups are exempt from income tax because they are non-profit associations. However, since each accord is different, we cannot provide a definitive answer regarding tax obligations. If you have any concerns about your accord's tax obligations, contact the Australian Taxation Office or an accountant for professional advice.
For more information about liquor accord groups,
email our team or call 02 9995 0312.
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