In September 2016 an independent statutory review of the 1.30am lockout and 3am last drinks measures was released by the NSW Government. The review also considered the 10pm take away liquor restriction throughout NSW, and the periodic liquor licence fee system.
On 8 December 2016 the Government announced it would maintain the lockout and last drinks laws and implement the key recommendations of the statutory review. In line with the review, the lockout laws were relaxed for live entertainment venues in Sydney's CBD and Kings Cross and takeaway and home delivery sales extended from 10pm to 11pm across the State.
More information on the Government's response and subsequent reforms to NSW liquor legislation can be found here.
On 30 January 2014 the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment Act 2014, which introduced a package of reforms to tackle alcohol-related violence. The reforms included 1.30am lock out and 3am cease alcohol sales measures for licensed premises in the Sydney CBD Entertainment and Kings Cross precincts, a state-wide 10pm restriction on take-away liquor sales, and the introduction of a periodic liquor licence fee scheme. The lockout, cessation of sales and restrictions of take-away sales at 10pm took effect on 24 February 2014.
In 2016 the former Deputy Premier, the Hon. Troy Grant MP, appointed the Hon. Ian Callinan AC to review the effectiveness and impact of the liquor reforms. The review was required by legislation and was 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 was also provided with the outcomes from the Safe and Vibrant Sydney Nightlife 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 final review included more than 1,800 submissions and almost 30 stakeholder sessions, including three roundtables.
All non-confidential submissions received by the Liquor Law Review can be found on the pages below. Submissions are listed alphabetically by surname.
Background paper (PDF, 791KB)
Liquor Law Review Report (PDF, 1MB)
Liquor Law Review Report Volume 2 (PDF, 6MB)
Media release: Public to have its say in Independent Review of Lockouts, Last Drinks and 10pm Liquor Laws - 11 February 2016
Media release: Callinan Report Released - 13 September 2016