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

Two-up on Anzac Day

On February 2012, an amendment to the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 commenced as a result of the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming (Two-up) Amendment Act 2012. This amendment allows for two-up to be played legally in a licensed RSL or Services club on Anzac Day, or another day that is significant to the remembrance … Read more Two-up on Anzac Day

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!

Easter Trading

The Law states that on Good Friday (April 19), you can sell or supply alcohol from 10am to midnight only in conjunction with a meal (in a part of the premises ordinarily set aside for dining if the meal is prepared, served and intended to be eaten on the premises) and patrons can purchase alcohol … Read more Easter Trading

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

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

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

Victoria joins the fold!

As part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, the Victorian Government expects to close a loophole that allows minors to drink on licensed premises with parental permission. A current provision in the state’s Liquor Act allows parents to purchase an alcoholic beverage for teenagers on licensed premises when it is to be consumed with … Read more Victoria joins the fold!

New ‘Responsible Service’ Videos from OLGR

In case you haven’t noticed, OLGR has published two new Training Videos. These are heaps better than the old videos we have been stuck with since 1999, and very good for training new entrants to the Industry.  They will appear a bit laboured for the old hands – who shouldn’t need them anyway! The first video … Read more New ‘Responsible Service’ Videos from OLGR