Licensees should be aware of the restrictions to liquor and gaming on Anzac Day (Wednesday 25 April), as well as the Two-up Amendment Act that now allows the game of two-up to be played legally in a licensed RSL or Services club on Anzac Day.
Tuesday 24 April 2012
Licensed premises are only permitted to trade until midnight on the Tuesday before Anzac Day, despite regular opening times. While service from the bar must finish at midnight, patrons will have until 12.30am to finish drinks and leave the premises. Gaming machines are not permitted to operate after midnight.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
Gaming machines are not permitted to operate between midnight Tuesday 24 April and 1pm on Anzac Day, Wednesday 25 April.
On Anzac Day, with the exception of those circumstances discussed below, licensees must not serve alcohol before 1pm unless it is in conjunction with a meal in an area normally set aside for dining, in which case trading may begin at 10am. The sale of takeaway liquor is not permitted prior to 1pm on Anzac Day.
Licensed RSL and Services clubs are permitted to trade from 5am as part of their ordinary trading hours on Anzac Day to recognise and support dawn services. No application is required to facilitate this. However, as stated, gaming machines are not permitted prior to 1pm under any licence. Information pertaining to conduction of two-up can be found below.
All other licence holders may apply for an Extended Hours Permit (XHP) to trade from 5am to 1pm on Anzac Day if the licensee has entered into an agreement with an RSL or Services Club to sell liquor on behalf of the club at an Anzac Day event being held at the premises. An application for an XHP is required in these circumstances however there is no application fee and the necessity of meals is removed if this agreement is in place. Evidence of the agreement with the RSL or Services Club must be lodged with the application.
Thursday 26 April 2012
Normal trading conditions.
During these holiday periods, police and OLGR officers will be checking licensed premises to ensure licensees adhere to the Liquor Act 1992, in particular, to the restricted trading hours. Any licensee found in breach of trading hours may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000.
For full details, check the fact sheet ‘Anzac Day trading conditions’.
Two-up Amendment Act
In March 2012 an amendment was made to the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999. This amendment allows for two-up to be played legally in a licensed RSL or Services club on Anzac Day, or another day that is significant to the remembrance of the sacrifice for the nation by the men and women of its Defence Force and is prescribed under a regulation.
Under the new rules, RSL and Services Clubs do not need to seek permission from any regulatory authority to play two-up on Anzac Day or other designated days. Other licensed premises can also conduct two-up on their premises as part of an official function for Anzac Day or another designated day if it is approved in writing by an RSL sub-branch.
With Anzac Day to be commemorated shortly, licensees are encouraged to review OLGR’s Anzac Day trading hours fact sheet. This fact sheet, among other things, set outs the conditions under which official functions may be held on Anzac Day at licensed premises other than licensed RSL or services club.
Keeping in line with harm minimisation principles established through legislation and the industry Code of Practice, people aged under 18 must not play two-up.
Under the Amendment Act no commission can be charged on money wagered. All money wagered in the game must be returned to players as winnings.
If an entry fee is charged for those who participate in the game, the money raised is to be donated to the RSL or RSL sub-branch to support ex-service men and women and their families (this could be through an association such as Legacy).
The money raised from entry fees should not be used for administrative purposes.
This amendment was passed to retain the historical significance of the two-up game, which is usually held after a memorial service every Anzac Day to remember the sacrifice made by Australia’s service men and women.
For further information, please contact OLGR on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
OLGR Communications, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, 33 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Australia 4000