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4 May 2020

Have your say on laws to help grow a 24-hour economy

The NSW Government wants to support our nightlife’s recovery after COVID-19 restrictions are eased, and create a vibrant and safe 24-hour economy with risk-based liquor laws that support business.

You are invited to have your say on the second stage of our 24-hour economy liquor law reforms.

The draft Liquor Amendment (24-hour Economy) Bill 2020 includes proposed liquor law changes.

Some of the proposed changes aim to:

  • create a new incentives and demerit point system that consolidates three existing sanctions schemes into one integrated approach – the new system aims to incentivise well run venues, minimise violence and reduce serious liquor law breaches
  • support live music and entertainment by removing outdated entertainment conditions on liquor licences, and waiving application fees to change or remove other existing live music conditions
    • continue to align liquor licence and planning processes by:
    • improving the approvals process for small bar licences
  • refining Liquor & Gaming NSW’s regulatory role in noise complaint compliance and enforcement to reduce overlapping responsibilities
  • allow small bars to offer more family-friendly and diverse services to customers, to support small business and encourage use of this lower-risk licence
  • introduce a refined evidence-based approach to help manage the density of licensed premises, and associated risks of alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour, in areas of high venue concentration
  • remove red tape, reduce overlap and improve how the industry is regulated.

The draft Bill also enhances same day alcohol delivery regulation. This includes strengthening controls with age verification, to reduce the risk of supply to under 18-year-olds

This consultation builds on the initiatives that support the growth of our night time economy.

How to have your say

Submit your feedback by Sunday 28 June 2020 by visiting the NSW Customer Service website, which provides an online form, email or post options.