What is a liquor accord?
A liquor accord is an agreement between interested parties to create safe and well-managed environments in and around licensed premises.
Accords are made up of strategies to deal with the misuse of alcohol, support harm minimisation and responsible service principles, and work to ensure safety in the local community.
Each liquor accord is designed by its members to resolve local issues within a local area. Every accord is unique. While one accord may share similar elements to another, each is tailored to address locally-prescribed issues in each different community.
Reasons for having a liquor accord
If your local area has alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour or violence, you may benefit from adopting a liquor accord.
Current accords in Queensland are developing strategies that support a responsible and safe entertainment industry. Specific strategies include:
- minimising anti-social behaviour (including destruction of property and violence) arising from excessive alcohol consumption
- creating effective transport strategies to move people away from a precinct
- developing a communication network between venues to help deal with unruly patrons and provide warnings about incidents or troublesome patrons who may be moving between venues
- ensuring venues provide a safe and secure environment for patrons and staff.
Benefits of having a liquor accord
A liquor accord provides its stakeholders with a forum to discuss their views, concerns and expectations, while working towards solutions.
The main benefits of having a liquor accord in your local area include:
- reduced anti-social behaviour (in and around licensed premises)
- reduced crime and alcohol-related violence
- reduced under-age drinking
- reduced alcohol-related road trauma
- increased staff awareness and practice of responsible service of alcohol
- improved understanding of legislative obligations for licensees, approved managers and staff
- increased community cooperation
- enhanced community understanding of the roles of government agencies and the availability of government resources
- increased community engagement in strategies planned for their benefit
- improved standard of patrons in and around licensed premises.
Using the amended Pro-forma Liquor Accord Arrangement (PLAA)
On 18 December 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted conditional re-authorisation of the Pro-forma Liquor Accord Arrangement (PLAA) in Queensland. This PLAA determination assists liquor accords to implement harm reduction strategies that restrict price and supply terms on which their venues sell alcoholic beverages to consumers.
The re-authorised PLAA commenced on 9 January 2015 and expires on 9 January 2020.
The amended PLAA can help you to develop and document your accord. Use of this document is voluntary - you are not required to adopt all, or any, of the strategies contained in the PLAA. To request a copy of the amended PLAA for you to modify (.doc), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your accord adopts the PLAA in part or in full, complete the Queensland PLAA information and registration form and register it with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR). Registration will provide your liquor accord with legal protection.
Legal protection for your liquor accord
Licensees as individuals are obliged under the Liquor Act to minimise harm and the potential for harm from alcohol abuse and misuse. However, as a collective body that adopts price or supply controls, they may have an effect of 'lessening competition' within the meaning of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).
Strategies listed in the PLAA
The ACCC's conditional re-authorisation of PLAA protects liquor accord bodies from legal action for conduct that might otherwise breach the CCA.
These arrangements only apply to liquor accords that:
- feature price and supply controls based on those included in the PLAA conditionally approved by the ACCC
- have registered the current, re-authorised PLAA document with OLGR.
Strategies not listed in the PLAA
OLGR recommends you seek independent legal advice if your accord adopts price or control strategies that are not listed in the pro-forma.
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