Liquor Law Review

​Terms of Reference and Procedural Outline

Preamble

a.    On 30 January 2014, the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment Act 2014 which implemented a package of new reforms to tackle alcohol-related violence. The reforms included the imposition of 1.30am lock out and 3am cessation of liquor sales requirements on venues in the Sydney CBD Entertainment and Kings Cross Precincts. These requirements took effect on 24 February 2014.

b.    Clause 47 of Schedule 1 of the Liquor Act 2007 requires the Minister to appoint an independent person with appropriate expertise, knowledge and skills to review the lockout and 3am cessation of liquor sales provisions to determine whether their policy objectives remain valid and their terms appropriate for securing those objectives.

c.    The review is to be undertaken as soon as possible after two years following the date of assent (5 February 2014) and the Minister is to report to the Premier on the outcome of the review as soon as practicable after the review is completed.

Terms of Reference

1.     The review will assess the impacts of the 1.30am lock out and 3am cessation of liquor sales requirements on:

     a.   alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, Kings Cross Precinct, potential displacement areas, and the broader community;

     b.   safety and general amenity in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, Kings Cross Precinct, and potential displacement areas;

     c.   government, industry and community stakeholders, including business, financial and social impacts, and the impacts on patrons and residents (including whether venues continue to trade after 3am when alcohol service ceases).

2.     The review will consider the positive and negative impacts of the 10pm takeaway liquor restriction across NSW, with particular regard to be had to the needs of rural and remote communities, and the social and economic impacts of the restriction on those communities.

3.     The review will consider the impact of the periodic licensing system on business viability and vibrancy.

Procedural Outline

  • An expert advisory group, with knowledge of the issues affecting industry and the community, will be convened to provide advice to the chair of the review. 
  • Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW) will provide appropriate secretariat and technical support to the review.
  • The review will include consultation with key government, industry and community stakeholders, and will include a written submission process open to all persons.
  • The review will include an analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data sources, including data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research relating to alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • A final review report will be submitted to the Government for consideration in August 2016.