As a result of assent on 4 March 2016, some items in the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016 are now in effect. These include:
- no further approvals for applications to sell takeaway alcohol beyond 10pm
- clarifying what is acceptable evidence of age when purchasing alcohol
- licensees in the Brisbane City Council area do not have to enter an incident in their incident register if it is required to be entered in their crowd controller register
- an investigator may request in writing any documents relating to a licensee’s business and the enforcement of the Liquor Act.
Other initiatives will commence in the coming months. Some of the significant amendments are listed below:
- from 1 July 2016, available extended liquor trading hours will be reduced to 2am statewide, except in safe night precincts
- between 1 July 2016 and 1 February 2017, extended liquor trading hours until 3am will be available in safe night precincts, with no lock out. This transitional period will provide time for Safe Night Precinct local boards to decide their preferred operating model
- from 1 February 2017, extended liquor trading hours until 3am will only be available in approved 3am safe night precincts, with a 1am lock out applying to all venues in the precinct. If a safe night precinct is not declared as an approved 3am safe night precinct prior to 1 February 2017, the available extended liquor trading hours for the precinct will wind back to 2am
- from 1 July 2016, gaming hours will be able to be approved for up to 2 hours after the service of liquor ceases at a venue
- despite the winding back of extended liquor trading hours on 1 July 2016, licensees that held an existing gaming hours approval prior to 1 July 2016 will be allowed to keep these approved gaming hours.
A ban on supply of rapid intoxication drinks after 12 midnight will commence after consultation is completed. An exemption to this ban will be made available for venues that specialise in the sale of premium spirits, and meet certain requirements.
Go to Overview of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016 for licensees for more details.