Last month the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment
Bill 2014 (NSW) which puts in place a number of reforms to the
NSW Liquor Act 2007 and Liquor Regulations 2008
with the objective of reducing alcohol related incidents in the
We've summarised some of the key changes which you need to
know as a licensee or proposed licensee in this area.
No more online RSA training
Make sure your proposed staff hold the required documentation.
If they don't have the documentation, it's not as easy as
telling them to enrol in an online course. Students will now have
to attend classroom training until the suspension of online
training courses is lifted. There is currently no set date as to
when this will occur, the suspension will continue until the online
certification process is improved.
Take away sales prohibited after 10:00pm from 24
This is state-wide, and applies to all
take-away/delivery businesses. The curfew applies to every night of
Introduction of Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct
as of 24 February 2014
The Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct (the
Precinct) has been created to cover the area from the
Rocks, to parts of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills– there is a
map available. Within the Precinct (excluding Small Bars,
restaurants and tourism accommodation establishments):
There will be a lock out of new patrons to licensed premises
from 1:30am- 5:00pm.
There will be a liquor sales cessation period from 3am, where
venue operators cannot supply alcohol after this time. Venues may
remain open if authorised to, but will not be able to serve
There will be a freeze on the grant of new liquor licence
applications in operation for two years, which applies to all types
of licences with the exception of small bar licences, and
on-premises licences (not relating to entertainment venues).
The police will be able to issue 48 hour temporary banning
orders to people who refuse to comply with move-on directions or
have been refused entry to licensed premises, preventing entry to
all licensed premises in the Sydney Entertainment Precinct with the
exception of 'low risk' restaurants. Later this year,
police will be able to seek long term banning orders for 12 months,
restricting access to 'high risk' venues within the
The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR)
will have the power to revoke RSA competency cards of persons
employed within the Precinct for up to 12 months, if it is
satisfied that those persons have contravened RSA obligations.
Heavy penalties will apply to persons who try to work while their
competency cards are suspended.
Later this year, additional licence conditions will be imposed
on venues within the Precinct, once consultation has taken
As a licensee of a venue within the Precinct, it is important
that you are aware of the changes to your obligations to ensure
that you comply with the new regulations. Furthermore, licensees
state-wide authorised to supply liquor for consumption off the
premises, must ensure that they cease all sales after 10:00pm as of
24 February 2014.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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