NSW Law: Undesirable Liquor Products

Risk managementResponsible Hospitality practices not only outline the Responsible Service of Alcohol, but also the knowledge around the products that can be served. NSW Liquor Laws have banned certain products as undesirable. Products that are banned or deemed ‘undesirable’ may be so because they pose risk of appealing to youth audiences, or encouraging the rapid consumption of alcohol.

Responsible Service of Alcohol enforces how important it is to understand what types of liquor products are banned from sales.

Under the NSW liquor laws, undesirable liquor products can be banned where: The name of the product, its design or packaging is offensive or indecent, which encourages irresponsible, rapid or excessive consumption. The designs, motifs or characters on the packaging of the liquor products concerned are, or are likely to be, attractive to minors, or are likely, for whatever reason, to be confused with soft drinks or confectionery. The products, for any reason, have, or are likely to have, a special appeal to minors.  It is, therefore, in the public interest to declare the liquor product to be an undesirable liquor product.

Wherever an undesirable liquor product is sold in a NSW licensed venue, penalties of up to $5,500 apply.

For clarification of what kinds of products can be banned in NSW, the following is a brief description of products that have been declared undesirable liquor products in NSW.

  • Alcoholic ice blocks: either sold in an individual package or packages for consumption in frozen form and which, at 20 degrees Celsius, has more than 1.15 ethanol content by volume. This product has been listed as undesirable due to its relatively high alcohol content and its blatant appeal to minors.

  • Alcoholic aerosol products: Products sold in aerosol containers which, at 20 degrees Celsius, have more than 1.15 ethanol content by volume. These have been listed as undesirable, as they also appeal to minors as well as encourage excessive consumption.

  • Alcoholic milk:          These are milk products sold or supplied under a name that consists of, or includes the words, ‘Moo Joose’ and, at 20 degrees Celsius, have more than 1.15 ethanol content by volume. These products can once again appeal to minors, in the form of advertising and packaging.

  • Alcoholic vapour: This defines any alcoholic vapour that is sold or supplied for consumption in a vaporised form. Alcoholic vapour is defined as liquor for the purpose of the NSW liquor laws. These products are designed to encourage the excessive consumption of alcohol.

Knowing the guidelines of NSW Liquor Laws is an important part of the Responsible Service of Alcohol. As penalties and fines are not just the responsibility of the licensee – they could affect you, too.  To learn more about how to serve responsibly in your state – visit our site and start your RSA today.