Run a liquor accord group

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 is​sues 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.

    Running a successful liquor accord group

    Liquor accord groups succeed by:

    • promoting the activities and benefits of the accord in the local community
    • getting more local licensees to become members
    • involvement from liquor accord group members
    • planning, developing and implementing accord strategies
    • checking that their strategies are making a difference.

    Successful liquor accord groups review their strategies regularly to make sure they deal with local alcohol-related issues, including new and emerging problems.

    Ideas for your liquor accord

    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.

    Memberships

    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).

    Brand your liquor accord

    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.

    Run your liquor accord group as an association

    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.

    Advantages

    • The liquor accord group can apply for specific government grants that only associations can access.
    • Incorporation is the most simple, cost-efficient way for the accord to become a legal entity. This allows the accord 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.

    Considerations

    • The establishment, record keeping and reporting requirements are time consuming.
    • There are costs involved – see link below for details.
    • Instead of a fluid, informal structure, the accord governance can become a formal process.

    Incorporating your accord

    Incorporating y​our accord
    NSW 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 advice
    The 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:

    • deliver quality business advice through Small Biz Connect
    • provide dispute resolution services
    • speak up for small business within government

    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.

    Further information

    For more information about liquor accord groups, email our team or call 02 9995 0312.​