Liquor Law Review

​Independent Liquor Law R​​​eview​​

Government releases response to NSW liquor law review by the Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC

​​On 8 December 2016, the NSW Government announced it will maintain Sydney's highly successful lockout and last drinks laws and implement key recommendations of the statutory review by Hon Ian Callinan AC QC. In line with the review, lockout laws will be relaxed for live entertainment venues in Sydney's CBD and Kings Cross and takeaway and home delivery alcohol sales will be extended from 10pm to 11pm across the State.

For more information on the Government's response visit the Liquor & Gaming NSW website. ​​

Independent Liquor Law Review Report 
Community Drop-In Sessions

Liquor & Gaming NSW hosted a series of community drop in sessions to inform the public of the report's findings. 

​Visit the Liquor & Gaming NSW website​ for more information.

Callinan rep​ort relea​​​s​​ed​​​​

The NSW Government released Hon Ian Callinan AC QC's independent review of the state's liquor laws to the public immediately after receiving it.

The review included more than 1,800 submissions and almost 30 stakeholder sessions, including three roundtables into Sydney's night-time economy.

The government will now consider the report and deliver its response before the end of the year.​

​The report, including its conclusions, is available at Liquor Law Review Report [PDF,1MB] and Liquor Law Review Report Volume 2 Ap​pendices [PDF, 6MB].

Update on ind​ependent review of NSW liquor laws​​

The Deputy Premier, the Hon. Troy Grant MP, has appointed the Hon. Ian Callinan AC to review the effectiveness of the 1.30am lock outs, 3am cessation of liquor sales, 10pm take-away liquor laws and the annual liquor licence fee program. 

The NSW Government will receive the independent review of the state’s liquor laws on 13 September following an extension request by the Hon. Ian Callinan AC.

This week, Mr Callinan formally requested the extension of less than two weeks to finalise his report.

He is awaiting further evidence and examining a recent Supreme Court decision regarding the lockouts.​

The Government is committed to ensuring a comprehensive statutory review of the suite of laws brought in two years ago to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

Mr Callinan has received more than 1,800 public submissions and input resulting from three roundtables into Sydney’s night-time economy.​​​

Independent review of the impa​ct of liquor law reforms​ 

Mr Callinan is a retired Justice of the High Court of Australia with experience conducting complex inquiries across a range of issues affecting the community.

Read more about the Hon. Ian Callinan AC.

The review is considering the impact of the 1.30am lock out and 3am cessation of liquor sales laws on alcohol-related violence and other harms, on businesses and their patrons, and on community amenity.

The review is also considering the impacts of the state-wide 10pm restriction on take-away liquor sales and the annual liquor licence fee program.

Your input is a key part of this review.

The review is being informed by data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research relating to alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour, as well as information provided by community and business stakeholders.

The Callinan review has also been provided with the outcomes from the Roundtable, a forum convened by the Government in the first half of 2016 to examine measures to improve the viability and safety of Sydney's night-time economy. The outcomes will help inform the statutory review of the liquor laws, in particular those regulatory measures applying to the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precinct. Access the reports and action plan through the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

A review report will be submitted to the NSW Government for consideration in August 2016.

Read the Terms of Reference for the statutory review. ​