The new regulations prohibit the sale of takeout alcohol on Mondays and Tuesdays in Alice Springs, which is located around 450 kilometers northeast of Uluru.
Additionally, alcohol sales are restricted to the hours of 15:00 to 19:00 on all days except Saturdays.
An earlier restriction that was considered to be racial discrimination ended in the middle of 2022.
Natasha Fyles, the governor of the Northern Territory, said the measures were put in place to safeguard families and kids in the community since violence has significantly increased there.
Data, according to Ms. Fyles, suggest that since the last alcohol restriction ended in July 2022, alcohol-related damages have increased.
According to the Northern Territory government’s crime data, there were 2,653 assaults in a community of about 25,000 people in the 12 months leading up to November 2022.
Along with the alcohol prohibitions, it was also stated that more than 25 million Australian dollars (£14.2 million) will be allocated to community services, including cash for women’s services, police support, and CCTV illumination.
Central Australia’s Alice Springs is home to a fifth of the country’s indigenous people.
Tuesday saw the visit of key Aboriginal politicians, including Senator Pat Dodson and MP Linda Burney, as well as Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
He said that the initiatives were put in place to address larger societal injustices impacting First Nations people.
The discrepancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians’ health, housing, life expectancy, and incarceration rates is taken into account in today’s policies, according to Mr. Albanese.
He stated that the government would consider several law changes in early February, including a system where localities would have to choose to not have alcohol restrictions, after meeting with police, legislators, and community leaders in the town.
As his administration begins a referendum on an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, Mr. Albanese is visiting.
The Indigenous Voice to Parliament would establish a permanent voice in parliament that would be consulted on matters impacting the Aboriginal communities and would allow for the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.