On Tuesday 21 January 2014, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced a comprehensive package of initiatives to reduce alcohol and drug related violence. The full range of initiatives can be found on the NSW Government website.
On 30 January 2014, the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment Bill 2014 that once commenced will introduce the announced package of initiatives by amending the existing liquor laws.
Preparation and consultation is underway to ensure the effective implementation of the initiatives including appropriate notice to the community and to afford industry time to adjust its business planning and establish appropriate practices and procedures.
The changes that apply once the legislation commences are:
Further measures to be implemented include:
A fact sheet which explains the changes in more detail is available on the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) website.
OLGR will continue to notify affected liquor licencees and other key stakeholders of developments, including the commencement date of each of the reforms.
OLGR will also provide guidance to specific venues on their obligations under the new legislation.