The Late Night Trading Code of Practice was gazetted on 6 June 2013, and took effect on 1 October 2013.
The Late Night Code was developed following extensive consultation with licensees, industry bodies, SA Police and the community, and was released for public consultation in late 2012.
The Late Night Code is just one of several ways that the State Government is tackling alcohol abuse and violence. It aims to:
- encourage a culture of responsible service and consumption of alcohol,
- minimise the social and economic harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption, and
- reduce the level of alcohol related violence that occurs in, or in the vicinity of, licensed premises.
The Late Night Code includes a range of new provisions and management practices which aim to provide a safe and fun night out for patrons, and prevent early morning bar hopping.
The Late Night Code targets venues open after 3am. In particular, venues are cannot accept new patrons after 3am, or allow re-entry of patrons who leave.
New measures for licensees under the Late Night Code include:
- the use of metal detectors
- high definition CCTV
- drink marshals
- an early morning ban on glassware
- an early morning ban on drink promotions in the form of free drinks, shooters and doubles
There are also extra After Midnight buses and managed taxi ranks to help you get home safely.
Consumer and Business Services continues to work closely with the Adelaide City Council, SA Police, Taxi Council and the Department of Transport and Infrastructure to ensure the Late Night Code is appropriately enforced.