​ID scanners

What is an ID scanner?

ID scanners are machines that electronically read and store identification cards, such as a driver's licence or proof of age card.

Licensees can voluntarily install ID scanners as a security measure for their venue.

If you've voluntarily installed one in your venue, you must comply with the Privacy Act 1988 to protect personal information recorded by a patron ID scanner.

Get more information about privacy from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

​ID scanners in Kings Cross

However, some licenced venues in the Kings Cross precinct, must have an ID scanner. This measure was put in place to:

  • stop alcohol-fuelled violence
  • stop 'troublemakers' at the door
  • identify patrons who break the law.

​Banning laws

The introduction of laws in 2013 allowed police to ban 'troublemakers' for:

  • a short term (up to 48 hours)
  • a long term (up to 12 months). 

ID scanners in Kings Cross alert licensees and staff if a banned person tries to enter their venue. Breaches to the banning order can result in fines of up to $11,000.

​​​General operation

Only ID scanners supplied by Group Security Solutions are allowed for use in Kings Cross.

ID scanners operating in the Kings Cross precinct must be in use between 9pm and the relevant lock out times that apply on the night, either 1.30am, or 2am if extended live entertainment trading times are in operation​ (available from 16 January 2017). They must also:

  • be under the immediate and personal supervision of a staff member when in use
  • be in a secure area recorded by CCTV and inaccessible to the public when not in use.


Licensees in the Kings Cross precinct must operate ID scanners at their venues according to the conditions under section 116AC(1)(f)(ii) of the Liquor Act 2007

The Kings Cross Approved ID Scanner Requirements guideline​(PDF, 240​KB) explains these conditions.​​​

If yo​u don't follow these conditions

  • you could be fined up to $11,000 per offence
  • you could get a 'strike' against your venue under the Three Strikes scheme

Please note Liquor & Gaming NSW is reviewing the guideline. The updated guideline will be available soon.

​​​Privacy training

Licensees and staff of venues in the Kings Cross precinct operating ID scanners must complete our privacy training course. 

If you operate an ID scanner in the Kings Cross precinct without having completed approved privacy training, you will get a fine. This includes staff and licensees.

Do the privacy training course.

​Re​lated links

Privacy training