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

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 rules pertaining to sale of liquor in Car Parks

OLGR advises, that as a result of recent changes to the Liquor Act 1992, from 1 September 2016, any approval you had to sell, supply or allow liquor to be consumed in a car park is no longer valid. This approval may have been provided by the Commissioner in relation to an area forming part … Read more New rules pertaining to sale of liquor in Car Parks

Ban on rapid intoxication drinks after 12 midnight

A statutory ban prohibits the sale or supply of rapid intoxication drinks between 12am midnight and 5am for venues authorised to trade past midnight. Under the Liquor Act, a rapid intoxication drink is one that is designed to be consumed rapidly or contains a high percentage of alcohol, and is prescribed by regulation. The drinks … Read more Ban on rapid intoxication drinks after 12 midnight

New OLGR Penalty Rate applies from 1st July

As predicted, the new OLGR Penalty Unit has been raised to $121.90. Most of the fines for breaches have remained the same in P/U terms – e.g. if a Minor is found to be consuming liquor on licensed premises, the Licensee receives a fine of 250 p/u, the staff member who poured the alcohol is fined 80 p/u … Read more New OLGR Penalty Rate applies from 1st July

Future changes to liquor legislation

Safe Night Precinct Boards have until 1st February 2017 to be officially prescribed as a “3am safe night precinct”.  If a safe night precinct has NOT been prescribed as a 3am safe night precinct by 1st Feb 2017, then all licensees within the precinct will have their trading hours automatically reduced to 2am. Safe night … Read more Future changes to liquor legislation

Changes to liquor legislation that will commence on 1st July

Changes to trading hours Safe Night Precincts From 1st July 2016, late-trading venues will be able to sell alcohol until 3am.  Venues in the safe night precinct can also remain open beyond 3am to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages, and to provide entertainment.  The 30min ‘grace period’ after last drinks are called will still apply. … Read more Changes to liquor legislation that will commence on 1st July

Beware of ‘Guideline 60’

It appears that OLGR is ramping up its interest in risk management for venues on the Coast. Guideline 60 is about ensuring that plans are in place to manage the possibility of ‘rapid & excessive consumption’ within your venue. It is easier with planned events, such as Weddings.  Simply ensure that the organizer agrees (in … Read more Beware of ‘Guideline 60’

Sale of undesirable liquor products

Any of the following criteria may be used to classify a product as ‘undesirable’: The name of the product, design of packaging of the liquor product, or class of the product (the product) is likely to be attractive to minors or young people. The product is likely to be confused with soft drink or confectionery. … Read more Sale of undesirable liquor products