Liquor and Gaming NSW

OLGR audits eastern suburbs pubs and clubs

25 August 2011  [PDF, 39kb]

Compliance officers from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing will stage comprehensive audits of licensed venues across the Eastern Suburbs next week (August 29 – September 1) to help licensees to strengthen alcohol and security management.

The four-day operation will involve 16 officers carrying out overt audits of up to 40 pubs, clubs and restaurants at Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Clovelly, Randwick and Coogee.

OLGR’s Acting Director of Compliance Patrick Paroz said the audits will offer expert advice to local licensees to improve venue operations and reduce the risk of liquor law breaches and neighbourhood disturbance.

“These audits involve compliance officers sitting down with licensees during the quite daytime period and examining their responsible service of alcohol and security practices to see what they can do better,” Mr Paroz said.

“Together officers and licensees will identify and discuss any risks that could lead to intoxication, anti-social behaviour and violence.

“OLGR will make formal recommendations to licensees on new strategies and practices to reduce these risks and strengthen compliance with the liquor laws to prevent breaches and ensure minors and intoxicated persons cannot access alcohol.

“The audits also provide local venues with an opportunity to access expert information about licence conditions, intoxication guidelines, self audit checklists, detecting fake IDs, the use of polycarbonate drinkware and responsible liquor promotions.

“Licensees will also be given assistance in meeting requirements surrounding incident registers, liquor signage, the provision of food and water and new photo cards for mandatory responsible service of alcohol training for venue staff.

“These audits are part of a wider operation to help licensees in alcohol hotspots across the Sydney metropolitan area to prepare for the busier warmer months especially those in popular summer beachside locations. It follows audits of 40 venues in Glebe, Leichhardt and Newtown on August 17-18.

“Officers will also be using intelligence gathered during the audits to guide future liquor enforcement and compliance operations as well as the need for responsible service of alcohol workshops for bar and security workers.”