Hospitality – Home of stress!

Perhaps the worst Management stressor in a Hospitality setting is the sudden departure of a key staff member – for example a Chef – especially an Executive Chef. If he/she has been in charge of recipe development, do your signature dishes leave also? Of course it is a breach of fiduciary duty for this to … Read more Hospitality – Home of stress!

Minimising cyber risks

Cyber security breaches are a rising threat to the everyday functions of small businesses. Australia’s national Notifiable Data Breaches scheme found over half of the 245 breaches in the three months to June 2019 were deliberately crafted to exploit known vulnerabilities for financial or other gain. Before it is too late, there are easy-to-implement strategies … Read more Minimising cyber risks

Sydney’s lockout laws almost entirely reversed as of 14/01/2020

Venues in the city will be able to increase their trading hours with 1.30am last entry removed for all venues in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct. Restrictions on cocktails, shots and drinks in glasses after midnight are also easing:  ‘last drinks’ rules have been extended by 30 minutes to 3.30am for venues in the CBD … Read more Sydney’s lockout laws almost entirely reversed as of 14/01/2020

New proof of age card – beware!

The Queensland Government has produced a new proof-of-age card to replace the Adult Proof of Age Card. Named the ‘Photo Identification Card’, it will be available to people 15 years and over from 1 April 2019. Beware of accepting these at your venue as staff can no longer assume that the holder is over 18, … Read more New proof of age card – beware!

Two more Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs identified

Recently two more organisations Mongrel Mob and Satudarah have been declared as ‘identified organisations’ – outlaw motorcycle gangs. It is illegal for a person to enter a licensed venue if they are wearing or carrying prohibited items – this will now include items related to Mongrel Mob and Satudarah. Prohibited items, as defined in the Liquor Act 1992, include items of clothing … Read more Two more Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs identified

Labour Hire Licensing Act and Security Providers

The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) enacted new legislation in July this year, that changed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017. If your venue employs the services of a security firm, this new legislation could affect you. Under the Act, a security firm providing a licensed premises with security staff may be classified as a labour … Read more Labour Hire Licensing Act and Security Providers

Have you forgotten your RSA rules about MINORS?

In spite of the fact that the LAW has been changed for many years now, we still hear about Pubs and Clubs refusing admittance to Exempt Minors and their guardians, as well as exempt minors being refused soft drink at the bar. It’s no use to say “It’s our House Policy”  to do such and … Read more Have you forgotten your RSA rules about MINORS?

Recent prosecutions

Selling alcohol without a licence In Maroochydore Magistrates Court in May – two licensees were penalised and convicted for selling liquor without a licence and supplying/allowing the consumption of liquor at an unauthorised time. The Magistrate said that licensees have a public policy obligation to comply with the conditions on their licences and therefore a … Read more Recent prosecutions

Banning orders won’t solve alcohol-fuelled violence – but they can be part of the solution

The majority of initiatives introduced to tackle alcohol-related violence in Australia involve limiting alcohol service through licensing, responsible service laws, last-drinks laws, and lockouts. The option to ban people from drinking in specific premises has always rested with operators and different states’ liquor licensing laws. Several states currently use police banning orders, which focus on … Read more Banning orders won’t solve alcohol-fuelled violence – but they can be part of the solution

New Penalty point rate as of 1st July 2018

The Unit penalty rate for offences under Queensland Law has increased to $130.55, due to the CPI increase applied at 30.06.2018. Remember that the fines for offences calculated under the new rate apply if you are taken to court. In most cases, such as  where the offence was the result of an oversight on the … Read more New Penalty point rate as of 1st July 2018