A number of changes have recently been made to the Queensland Liquor Laws. If you operate in this industry make sure you are up-to-date with the licencing requirements to ensure you are operating compliantly and are taking advantage of the adjusted lock out laws in safe night precincts.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT:
The proposed 1am lock out in safe night precincts has been cancelled.
On Monday 23 January 2017 the Queensland Government announced that the proposed 1am lock out would be removed and that all venues located in a safe night precinct, regardless of whether they were prescribed as a 2am or 3am safe night precinct, would be approved to trade liquor until 3am, if their current approved hours permit them to.
However, if your liquor licence has a condition imposing a lock out, you must comply with the conditions of your liquor licence.
The statewide 2am last drinks are unaffected by these changes, in-line with current arrangements for venues outside of safe night precincts.
In further changes, certain licensed venues inside SNP who trade past midnight on a permanent basis will be required to have an approved networked ID scanner installed and operating at their venue by 1 July 2017.
Late-traders in the Brisbane City Council area
A range of licence conditions apply specifically to licensees in the Brisbane City Council area who are authorised to trade after 1am.
View the safe night precinct maps: https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/safe-night-precincts
Further information will be updated at www.business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming as it becomes available.
Email your liquor licence compliance enquiries to: [email protected]