New trading hours and lockout laws…how will they affect you?

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The Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation not only includes changes to what kinds of alcohol can be supplied, but also when.

Aside from the ban on rapid intoxication drinks after midnight, the two main things you need to be aware of are the changes to trading hours and the changes to lockout.

The venue you work in and its location will determine how significantly this new legislation will affect you.

Trading hours

From 1 July 2016, the amended trading hours will come into effect. These changes will differ depending on whether your venue is located within or outside of a Safe Night Precinct (SNP).

Venues located within a SNP:

  • Are only approved to serve alcohol until 3am.
    • Even if your venue currently has approved extended trading hours, these will automatically roll back to 3am.
  • Can remain open beyond 3am to serve food, non-alcoholic beverages and to provide entertainment.
  • Are allowed a 30 minute grace period, meaning patrons are allowed until 3.30am to consume drinks which were purchased before 3am.

Please note that if your current approved trading hours end before 3am, these trading hours will still apply after 1 July 2016. For example, if your venue previously was only approved to serve alcohol until 1am, this still applies. The changes do not mean that your trading hours can be extended.

Venues located outside of a SNP:

  • Are not permitted to serve alcohol after 2am.
    • Even if your venue currently has approved extended trading hours, these will automatically roll back to 2am.
  • Can remain open beyond 2am to serve food, non-alcoholic beverages and to provide entertainment.
  •  Are allowed a 30 minute grace period, meaning patrons are allowed until 2.30am to consume drinks which were purchased before 2am.

Please note that if your current approved trading hours end before 2am, these trading hours will still apply after 1 July 2016. For example, if your venue previously was only approved to serve alcohol until 1am, this still applies. The changes do not mean that your trading hours can be extended.

Ensure you check with management if you are unsure of whether your venue is located within an SNP or check OLGR.

Exemptions to reduced trading hours

These changes will not apply to the following venues:

  • Casinos
  • Licensed premises in airports and industrial canteens
  • RSL or Services Clubs on Anzac Day
  • Licensed premises which are used primarily as accommodation for guests

Lockout

The looming lockout laws will only come into effect from 1 February 2017.

Venues located within a SNP:

  • Will have a 1am lockout in place.
  • Cannot allow patrons to enter the premises between 1am and 3am.
  • Can allow patrons to enter the premises at 3am, where they will be able to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages, and enjoy entertainment.

Venues located outside of a SNP:

  • Do not have this lockout in place, as this only affects venues inside a SNP.

Lockout exemptions

The lockout will not apply to the following venues:

  • Venues located outside of a SNP
  • Casinos
  • Licensed premises in airports and industrial canteens

If you are serving or selling alcohol on a licensed premises, you need to be aware of any changes to legislation. There can be serious consequences of not abiding by these laws and being unaware is no excuse. This is why here at CTA we recommend renewing your RSA at least every three years.

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