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New alcohol initiatives announced by the NSW Premier

On 21 January 2014, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell announced a comprehensive package of initiatives to reduce alcohol and drug related violence. These initiatives include changes to the laws governing the liquor industry, as well as changes to the criminal law. The full range of initiatives can be found on the NSW Government website.

New alcohol laws in force from 24 February

Changes affecting the liquor industry

On 30 January 2014, the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment Act 2014 to introduce changes to the liquor laws.

The changes include:

  • Suspension of the trial of online RSA training, effective 5 February 2014
  • No take-away liquor sales after 10pm, across the State, effective 24 February 2014
  • A new Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, effective 24 February 2014
  • "Lockouts" and "last drinks" for venues in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct and the Kings Cross Precinct, effective 24 February 2014
  • A freeze on new liquor licences in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, effective 24 February 2014
  • Temporary banning orders that police can issues in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, effective 24 February 2014
  • Suspension or cancellation of RSA competency cards for industry workers in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, effective 24 February 2014
  • The creation of a Plan of Management for the Sydney CBD
  • Introduction of an annual risk-based licensing scheme

A fact sheet explaining the changes in more detail is available here.

Exemptions to special conditions relating to "lockouts" and "last drinks" may be available in limited circumstances. Application form AM0655 should be used if applying for an exemption. An exemption cannot be granted from the requirement that take-away liquor sales cease at 10pm.

OLGR has notified affected liquor licensees and other key stakeholders directly.

Public awareness

NSW Government has prepared a range of posters and flyers, which are being made available to affected licensed venues. These are also available for download and reproduction below

Sydney CBD/Kings Cross venue poster (A4)

Poster for Sydney Venues

Bottle shop and take-away venue poster for whole of NSW (A4)

Poster for venues across the state with takeaway facilities

Flyer for tourists (Double sided A5)

Poster for Sydney Venues

In-venue screen display for Sydney CBD/Kings Cross venues

Image for venues to display on screens

To save the in-venue screen display, click on the image link above, then when the full size image loads, right click and select save to computer.

In-venue screen display for bottle shop and take-away venues throughout NSW

Image for venues to display on screens

To save the in-venue screen display, click on the image link above, then when the full size image loads, right click and select save to computer.

Page last updated:
Wednesday, May 28, 2014