As a Responsible Manager, you must ensure that your licensed premises have drinking water available to patrons. This is an essential component of minimising harm and intoxication.
Due to an amendment of the Liquor Regulation 2002, it is now a requirement for all licensees to make drinking water available for free, or for tap water to be priced no higher than a can of soft drink.
This regulation was introduced Queensland-wide, on 1 January 2006, in response to concerns raised about the lack of easily accessible drinking water in some licensed premises.
Although licensees have the option to provide water at a small charge, failure to provide adequate drinking water to your patrons can make you liable to significant penalties as stipulated by OLGR (The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing). Licensees breaching their conditions may face disciplinary action that may result in hefty fines or the loss of licence.
Penalties for non-compliance
If a licensee is identified as charging an unreasonable amount for drinking water, they risk a maximum penalty of $11,000 for individuals or $55,000 for corporations.
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