How to get placed on the BDR
People listed on the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) are prohibited from purchasing takeaway alcohol because they have either voluntarily elected to be on the BDR, or they are subject to a current Prohibition Order or Barring Notice.
- Prohibition Order
- issued by the Director of Liquor Licensing on application by the Commissioner of Police (Part 5A of the Liquor Control Act 1988.
- Barring Notice
- issued by the Commissioner of Police (or Delegate) (s. 115AA or the Liquor Control Act 1988).
Voluntary applications require a person to provide their name, photograph, date of birth, address and contact phone number to the department by emailing BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
Removing yourself from the BDR
People are automatically removed from the BDR once their prohibition order or barring notice expires.
People voluntarily on the BDR can apply to be removed, which takes about two working days.
Requests to remove a voluntary placement on the BDR require a person to provide their name, photograph, date of birth, address and contact phone number to the department by emailing BDR@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
Difference between a BDR and a Takeaway Alcohol Management System (TAMS)
A TAMS monitors the amount and type of alcohol purchased by any person in a day to ensure that they do not purchase above limits imposed by restrictions. A TAMS is only used in conjunction with existing restrictions and operates in a similar manner to
the BDR with a requirement for identification to be scanned. If a TAMS is in operation, retail staff are required to record the amount and type of alcohol purchased. Licensed premises are linked by the system which stops people shopping around
to buy more than they are permitted.
The BDR uses technology provided by the WA company Scantek to compare details from a scanned photo ID with details on the BDR. Scantek equipment communication is securely encrypted with customer information managed in accordance with the Australian
Privacy Principles and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
If a person is on the BDR, retail staff are alerted and cannot complete the sale.
A mobile application is currently being developed to be used on a device such as a smart phone or tablet. The mobile application will be able to be downloaded on licensee supplied devices and will operate as a scanning terminal with the same BDR/TAMS
features and security as fixed scanning units. Digital images will not be stored on mobile devices.
Impact on liquor restrictions
The BDR has no impact on any existing liquor restrictions that may be in place — it only prohibits the purchase of takeaway liquor for people who are on the BDR. However, in areas where a TAMS is in operation, takeaway
liquor purchases are restricted to the limits imposed by liquor restrictions.
The BDR is intended to be an additional mechanism to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.
People wishing to purchase takeaway liquor must produce an approved and scannable form of ID where a BDR is in place.
Current approved forms of identification are:
- all Australian Proof of Age Cards (includes WA Photo Card and Australia Post Keypass)
- all Australian drivers licences (or international drivers licences in English showing name, date of birth and photo)
- all Australian or international passports (ICAO standard).
Full list of approved forms of ID
If you do not have approved identification, you will not be able to purchase take-away liquor. There are no exemptions to the requirement to produce identification.
You can apply for identification in person at a Regional Department of Transport (DOT) centre or agent, where you will need to supply a combination of five (5) original identity documents to verify your full name, date of birth and current residential
Contact a Department of Transport Licensing Centre for a full list of suitable identity documents or for further information on how to apply for photo ID.
If you are registered with the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC) they may be able to assist you with obtaining identification.
The department operates a seven day a week helpline to resolve issues as they arise.
Areas the BDR is in effect
The BDR is in full effect in the Pilbara region.
It is also being rolled out in the Kimberley, starting with a soft launch in Broome and Derby on 1 May 2021. During the soft launch period it will not be mandatory to present photo ID when purchasing takeaway alcohol. It is expected to be in full effect
later this year.
You can contact the department with any questions about the BDR by email or phone on:
Telephone (weekdays) 61 8 6551 4820
Telephone (7 days) 0448 359 757