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​Review of 10pm take-away liquor sales restriction

In February 2014 the NSW Government introduced a statewide 10pm restriction on take-away liquor sales. This measure was designed to reduce alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in the community. The restriction applied to all liquor stores, hotels, registered clubs and other venues licensed to sell take-away liquor. It applied to take-away liquor sold from a designated area, across the bar and online liquor sales.

A review of the restrictions was conducted in 2015 in two stages, firstly examining the impact in regional NSW and the second stage across the whole of NSW.  The second stage of the review was conducted by the Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC as part of an independent review of liquor laws in NSW.  The review report is available on the Independent Liquor Law Review website

On 8 December 2016, in response to the Independent Liquor Law Review, the NSW Government announced they would extend takeaway and home delivery alcohol sales from 10pm to 11pm across the State, in line with the review.   Read more about the decision to extend trading hours here.

Background on stage 1 of the review

The first stage review investigated the nature and extent of any positive or negative impacts of the restriction, including financial impacts on venues authorised to sell take-away liquor. It focused on the impacts of the restriction in regional NSW and as part of it, the following submissions were received:​

·         Anonymous (regional NSW hotel) (PDF, 15KB)

·         Barry McKelligott (PDF, 98KB)

·         Liquor Marketing Group (PDF, 541KB)

·         Liquor Stores Association (NSW) (PDF, 323KB)

·         Lynch's Hotel Narooma (PDF, 210KB)

·         NSW / ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) (PDF, 1.2MB)

·         Shoalhaven City Council (PDF, 136KB)