The new lockout restrictions for 3am Safe Night Precincts in
Queensland are due to come into effect from 1 February 2017.
As we have previously reported, July 2016 saw the passing of the
Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act
2016 (Qld) ("the Act") the main purpose of which was
to reduce extended trading hours for most licensed premises, amend
the existing lockout provisions under the Liquor Act and
introduce the concept of '3am Safe Night Precincts'.
These changes saw a number of the existing Safe Night Precinct
boards vote to be declared '3am Safe Night Precincts'. Once
declared, any venue within the 3am Safe Night Precinct that was
approved for liquor trading until 3am or later was automatically
approved to sell or supply liquor from 3am from 1 July 2016. If a
venue wishes to extend its trading hours up to 3am it is required
to apply to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation for extended
Only venues within a 3am Safe Night Precinct are authorised to
sell or supply liquor past 2am. Venues within a 3am Safe Night
Precinct can remain open past 3am to serve food, non-alcoholic
beverages and to provide entertainment. There is a 30 minute grace
period after last drinks are called during which time patrons can
finish their beverages.
A further change under the amendments is the introduction of new
lockout restrictions which are applicable to licensed venues
located within 3am Safe Night Precincts.
From 1 February 2017 Safe Night Precincts will fall under 2
3am Safe Night Precincts – within which licensed venues
are authorised to sell or supply liquor up to 3am but will be
subject to a 1am lock out; and
Safe Night Precincts – which have not been declared 3am
Precincts and within which licensed venues are authorised to sell
or supply liquor up to 2am only but with no lockout.
This means that patrons will not be able to enter any licensed
premises in a 3am Safe Night Precinct between 1am and 3am.
The following venues fall under the first category of 3am Safe
Night Precincts to which the 1am lockout restriction will
Sunshine Coast (Caloundra, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba)
Fortitude Valley CBD
Surfers Paradise CBD.
The lockout will not apply to casinos, licensed premises in
airports, premises located outside a 3am Safe Night Precinct and
premises within a 3am Safe Night Precinct trading between 1am and
3am under an extended trading hours permit.
The following venues fall under the second category of Safe
Night Precincts which did not elect to be 3am Safe Night Precincts
and which, from 1 February 2017, will be required to cease liquor
trading at 2am with no lockout:
Inner West Brisbane (including Caxton Street).
Licensees who operate within the 3am Safe Night Precincts need
to be aware of the changes coming into effect in February 2017 and
have the appropriate measures in place to ensure the lockout is
adhered to. This includes placing relevant signage throughout the
licensed venue, copies of which can be obtained through the OLGR.
Failure to comply with the lockout period could result in severe
penalties to Licensees.
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