Overview of recent changes to the Liquor Act for licensees

On Friday 4 March 2016, the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016 came into effect. On 9 March 2017, the Liquor and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 received assent and became the Liquor and Other Legislation Act 2017. This results in a number of changes to the Liquor Act that liquor licensees need to be aware of:

  • New extended trading hours approvals for takeaway alcohol after 10pm are prohibited.
  • Acceptable evidence of age for the purposes of purchasing liquor has been clarified.
  • Community clubs are allowed to sell takeaway liquor to signed-in visitors or guests of members or reciprocal members.
  • Providers of floral arrangements and gift baskets are exempt from needing a risk-assessed management plan (RAMP).
  • Duplication across the incident register and crowd controller register is removed for Brisbane licensees.
  • The Commissioner must notify an approved manager's employer when the approved manager's approval has been suspended or cancelled.
  • An investigator can require a person to produce documents that are relevant to the administration or enforcement of the Liquor Act.
  • The results of a breath test analysis are admissible as evidence in prosecutions against a licensee (as supplementary evidence) where there is other evidence to suggest a licensee may have committed an offence.
  • The regulation-making power in relation to Risk Assessment Management Plans (RAMPs) is reinstated.
  • Reduced extended trading hours, including changes for safe night precinct licensees.
  • Sale or supply of high-alcohol content drinks is prohibited from 12 midnight.
  • New applications for extended trading hours for gaming can only be sought up to 2 hours past the end of alcohol trade.
  • Licensees must seek Commissioner approval to use a car park as a licensed area.
  • Liquor cannot be taken into or away from an event that is subject to a commercial public event permit or a community liquor permit.
  • Craft brewers can apply to sell their product at promotional events.
  • The number of one-off extended trading hour permits (after midnight) that venues can apply for has been reduced from 12 to 6. The criteria for, and frequency of, approvals has been tightened.
  • Networked ID scanners for venues that trade after 12 midnight within safe night precincts, unless the venue is operating under an exempt class of licence.

This is preliminary information and we will continue to update this page. You can also subscribe to the Inside Liquor and Gaming newsletter to receive updates from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR), including licensing and compliance requirements in-line with the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016.