Liquor and Gaming NSW

Warning to licensed premises after operation rushmore II uncovers licensed venue breaches

Tuesday, 13 November, 2012  [PDF,49kb]

The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) has issued a warning to licensed venue operators after a weekend joint agency operation uncovered a range of operating breaches.

OLGR inspectors worked alongside officers from the NSW Police Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, the City of Sydney Council, and Family and Community Services to target alcohol-related incidents and harm in Sydney on Friday and Saturday nights.

 “The NSW Police Service coordinated Operation Rushmore II in conjunction with partner agencies including OLGR as part of ongoing efforts to target violence and other harm associated with the misuse and abuse of alcohol in entertainment precincts at The Rocks, Surry Hills, Kings Cross and the Sydney City centre,” OLGR Director of Compliance Paul Newson said.

“Part of the weekend operation focused on the enforcement of responsible service of alcohol obligations and compliance with operating conditions by venues including hotels, bars and licensed restaurants.

 “Licensees and their staff are required to abide by a range of operating conditions to protect the community from alcohol-related harm and disturbance. These include responsible service of alcohol (RSA) requirements, set trading hours, security requirements at some venues, and standards of record keeping including the maintenance of an RSA register and incident registers for post-midnight trading.

“Under the liquor laws licensees can face fines of up to $11,000 and or imprisonment for 12 months for serious breaches of liquor laws.

“While most licensees do the right thing, authorities involved in Operation Rushmore II uncovered a range of operating breaches at a number of Sydney venues including:

  • Permitting intoxication · Supplying alcohol to an intoxicated person · Failure to maintain responsible service of alcohol (RSA) registers
  • Not maintaining an incident register for post-midnight trading · Exceeding trading hours
  • Failure to comply with security requirements
  • Breach of noise conditions
  • Inadequate liquor and gaming signage.

“These reports of breaches detected during Operation Rushmore II will be followed up by authorities with action to include the issuing of infringement notices or prosecution for more serious offences,” Mr Newson said.

“Licensees and approved managers should review their business practices, including their alcohol, security and venue management plans, to ensure they comply with the scope of their obligations as a licensed venue, including minimising the risk of harm and disturbance to the community from the misuse and abuse of alcohol.”