Friday 5 July, 2013 [PDF,228kb]
The NSW Government today called for public submissions as part of five-year statutory reviews of the
Liquor Act 2007 and the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007, Minister for Hospitality, George Souris, said.
Mr Souris has called for submissions on the legislative review. The review will report on that consultation process and is to be tabled in Parliament by 13 December this year.
"The new liquor laws introduced in July 2008 represented the biggest change in quarter of a century and this review will go a long way to assessing their effectiveness," Mr Souris said.
"Those changes included increased penalties, new offences, expanded regulatory powers, a Community Impact Statement process for liquor licence applications and establishment of an administrative-based liquor licensing body to replace the previous court-based system.
"The Liquor Act 2007 regulates and controls the sale and supply of alcohol in NSW in a way that is consistent with the expectations, needs and aspirations of the community.
"The Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007 underpins the role of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority in relation to liquor, gaming machines and registered clubs as well as the regulation of Sydney’s casino.
Mr Souris said the Review will be led by Mr Michael Foggo, a lawyer and Commissioner of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing for three years before retiring from that position four years ago.
"Mr Foggo has a wealth of experience, having been involved in the regulation of liquor and gaming for more than 30 years. He is the ideal person to be the Independent Reviewer.
"Recently, Mr Foggo was an independent member of a steering committee that oversaw the introduction of significant changes to the Victorian gaming environment."
The five year review of the legislation is to ensure that the policy objectives and terms of the Acts remain valid for today’s circumstances.
Mr Souris said the review is an important opportunity for the community to have its say on these important pieces of legislation.
"An exploratory paper to assist submission makers is now available online at www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/liquorreview. Any interested person – including industry, regulators, the health sector, the community and advocacy groups – are invited to contribute by lodging submissions.
"Submissions should be sent via email to email@example.com or sent to:
Policy & Strategy, NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing GPO Box 7060
SYDNEY NSW 2001
The final date for submissions is 30 August, 2013.
Media contact: Hugh Cavill 0408 235 997