Violence at licensed premises including assaults involving glass has been of increasing concern to the Queensland Government. As a result, glass bans have been rolled out to pubs and clubs with a history of alcohol and glass related violence over the past two years as a strategy to make social venues safer. Glass bans are covered in the Responsible management of licensed venues training course.
A glass ban may be for all or part of a high risk premises. Premises which are subject to these bans cannot use regular glass for serving drinks in containers such as drinking glasses, bottles or jugs. They must instead serve drinks in containers made from other materials such as plastic, tempered glass or toughened glass.
Venues that are categorised as ‘high risk’ are affected by the ban. Where there have been one or more glassing incidents or there has been an unacceptable level of violence at the premises over the last 12 months, the amendments enable the chief executive to classify the whole or part of the premises as high risk.
OLGR compliance officers incorporate checks on glass use as part of their normal compliance activities, and if affected licensees are caught using regular glass, a maximum penalty of $10,000 may apply.
For more information on the ‘high risk’ classification, refer to the OLGR fact sheet Ban on regular glass in licensed premises.
To ensure your venue complies with legislation undertake the Responsible Management of Licensed Venues (RMLV) training course.