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New alcohol laws commenced

New licensing initiatives aimed at combating alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney’s ‘hot spots’ came into force on 24 February 2014.  On 30 January the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment Bill 2014.  (Note: this Bill was introduced with the Crimes and other Legislation Amendment (Assault and Intoxication) Bill 2014 which was discussed in an earlier post.)

This introduced the following changes:

  • suspension of the trial of online RSA training, effective 5 February 2014
  • no take-away liquor sales after 10pm, across NSW, 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, by April 2014
  • introduction of an annual risk-based licensing scheme.

Source: Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing. See also this fact sheet explaining the changes in more detail.

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