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19 April 2016

Anzac Day preparations

Liquor & Gaming NSW will be conducting inspections of licensed premises in regional areas and the Sydney CBD over the Anzac Day weekend to ensure compliance with the State's liquor and gaming laws.

Venue alcohol promotions will also be monitored in the lead up to Anzac day including on social media.

Licensed venues are reminded to plan ahead and have proper measures in place to ensure smooth Anzac Day celebrations on 25 April.

Pubs and clubs can face additional challenges on Anzac Day associated with managing the larger than normal crowds, alcohol consumption and also the playing of two-up.

Proper planning and implementation are key to managing your venue responsibly on Anzac Day.

In particular, venues need to ensure they have enough staff rostered on to deal with the extra patron numbers and to address the specific business needs of the day.

It is also critical that licensees monitor patron alcohol consumption and behaviour on Anzac Day to avoid intoxication and any anti-social behaviour.

Planning should include a review of your alcohol management plan, incident register from last year's Anzac Day, and advertising and promotions strategy and material.

Planning should involve venue managers and frontline staff, and give particular consideration to the escalated risk associated with larger crowds, increased rates of intoxication, gambling disputes, extended high volume trade, and special Anzac Day liquor promotions.

L&GNSW's Liquor Promotion Guidelines and Intoxication Guidelines can be downloaded here (PDF, KB 158KB).

Information on the rules of Two-Up (PDF, 158KB)is available online to assist venues that are planning to host games on the day.

Anzac Day is one of three days a year this game can be played in NSW outside of Broken Hill and while venues don't need a permit they are encouraged to fully understand the traditional rules of two-up available on our website.

Anzac Day venue checklist

Liquor operations

Are staff aware they need to monitor intoxication levels and consumption patterns of patrons carefully on Anzac Day?

Will you have an RSA host assisting and monitoring patrons?

Will you promote low-alcohol beer, non-alcohol products and water?

Will you and your staff monitor multiple drink purchases and stockpiling of alcoholic drinks?

Are you limiting high-strength and risky alcohol products?

Will your liquor promotions planned for Anzac Day comply with the Liquor Promotion Guidelines?

The Two-Up game

Is the ring set out to allow safe, comfortable and relaxed play?

Is the ringleader knowledgeable on game rules?

Is the game adequately supervised by venue staff who can control large crowds?

Is the game play period defined and limited to people above the age of 18 years?


Will you have enough highly-visible security guards patrolling bars and two-up areas?

Have you made the security guards aware of their duties and specific Anzac Day risks?