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Running a liquor accord

Running a liquor accord is about building a dynamic forum that brings together licensed venues, government services and community representatives to discuss shared problems and decide on appropriate action.

They meet to develop strategies and campaigns to address local alcohol-related issues and antisocial behaviour before they escalate and become ongoing problems.

Successful accords consult their community and collaborate with police and councils to identify current and emerging issues that help find solutions.

Running a successful liquor accord group

Liquor accord groups succeed by:

  • recruit a diverse group of members encourage them to be actively involved
  • consult their members, local service providers, community groups and residents to understand local issues and collaborate to find solutions
  • developing strategies and initiatives to address local issues
  • promoting their activities and strategies across their networks and in their local communities
  • work with the media PDF, 327.87 KB to assist to promote strategies
  • evaluate their strategies to ensure they’re making a difference
  • staying up to date with regulation changes, industry news and liquor accord initiatives.

Giving your liquor accord structure

Your liquor accord should have an up to date constitution that provides structure to your accord.

A constitution includes a framework for membership, your executive committee structure, meeting information and voting rights.

We have developed a template to help you customise your liquor accord.

Download: Constitution for Liquor Accord groups template DOCX, 180.32 KB

What to consider when drafting your constitution

Membership information: Clearly define the membership categories, eligibility criteria, and benefits and for individuals and organisations who join your accord.

Executive Committee: Outline the roles and responsibilities for the positions that provide leadership and manage the activities in your group. Your constitution should also cover the process for electing these roles and how your committee activities are managed.

Meeting details: Document the way you run and conduct your meetings, date of your annual general meeting, how voting is managed and minute taking protocols.

Penalties, expulsions or appeal: Include the guidelines that help you follow due process, including breaches by members and the process to resolve issues.

Dissolving an accord: Explain how you will close your accord group and what you will do with any remaining assets and funds.

Running your liquor accord as an association

An incorporated accord offers protection to its members for their legal transactions by having the group’s legal identity separate from its members. Members can consider incorporating as an association to limit liability of individuals.


  • you can apply for specific government grants that only available to associations
  • it’s the most simple, cost-efficient way for your group to become a legal entity – allowing you to:
    • open bank accounts
    • enter into contracts
    • accept gifts or bequests.

Members are liable only for the amount each one owes the association for their membership, and are not liable for any outstanding costs.

What to consider

  • being incorporated requires record keeping and reporting on operations
  • costs are involved
  • accord governance can become a formal process instead of a fluid, informal structure.

How to get started

Do your research

Fair Trading NSW can give you advice and support to step you through the process of incorporating your Liquor accord group. Their website has comprehensive advice on starting an association with a library of resources to help you.

Visit their website

Contact Fair Trading NSW on 1800 502 042.

Apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN)

If your liquor accord has an annual turnover of $75,000 or more, or $150,000 or more if it's classified as a not-for-profit entity, you need an ABN.

Most accords will fall under this threshold, but you can still get an ABN.

The Australian Business Register website provides useful information about the application process and is the place to apply for an ABN

Visit their website

Contact the Australian Business Register on 13 92 26.

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