Alcohol mandatory treatment

If you are taken into police protective custody for being drunk in public three or more times in two months, under the law you may have to go to alcohol rehabilitation. Read the law.

This is called Alcohol Mandatory Treatment. 

Your health will be assessed and the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Tribunal will decide the best treatment for you.

The tribunal may give you any of the following orders: 

  • a mandatory residential treatment order
  • a community treatment order
  • an income management order. 

If you have committed a crime

You will not go through the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment process if you have committed a crime under the influence of alcohol.

You will face charges in the Local Court.

Tribunal members

Members of the tribunal include all of the following:

  • lawyers with at least five years experience as a legal practitioner
  • medical practitioners or other qualified health practitioners who have a special interest or expertise in alcohol misuse
  • community members who have special interest or expertise in issues facing people who go before the tribunal.

To contact the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Tribunal and to view the current members go to the Department of Attorney-General and Justice website .

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Last updated: 28 November 2017