Licensees and approved managers must operate their businesses within the parameters of the Liquor Act 1992. To do so, they must have a sound knowledge of the Act.
The main purposes of the Liquor Act 1992 are to:
a. Regulate the liquor industry and areas in the vicinity of licensed premises in a way compatible with minimising harm and the potential for harm from alcohol abuse and misuse and associated violence, and minimise adverse effects on the health or safety of members of the public and the amenity of the community;
Examples of harm are as follows:
Adverse effects on a person‘s health
Violent or antisocial behaviour
b. Facilitate and regulate the optimum development of the tourist, liquor and hospitality industries of the state having regard to the welfare, needs and interests of the community and the economic implications of change;
c. Provide for the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear and decide reviews of certain decisions under this Act;
d. Provide for a flexible, practical system for regulation of the liquor industry of the State with minimal formality, technicality or intervention consistent with the proper and efficient administration of the Act;
e. Regulate the sale and supply of liquor in particular areas to minimise harm caused by alcohol abuse and misuse and associated violence;
f. Regulate the provision of adult entertainment; and
g. Provide revenue for the State to enable the attainment of the Act‘s main purposes and for other purposes of government.
What does this mean?
For the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, it means ensuring that the laws are obeyed, community expectations are considered, and the laws are updated to respond to new issues as they emerge. However, this regulation should not be too restrictive as to stifle the growth of the industry and its responsible development.
For licensees and managers, it means they will be monitored in the operation of their business to ensure that they comply with the law, and minimise the potential harms associated with alcohol consumption.