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18 January 2019

Keep your patrons safe over the Australia Day 2019 long weekend

Australia Day is high risk for alcohol related incidents. This year Australia Day falls on a Saturday, making the Monday a public holiday and a long weekend for many people in NSW.

To ensure that everyone can enjoy this time of year safely, please keep in mind:

  • people may start their long weekend celebrations early, from Friday 25 January
  • the long weekend falls at the end of the school holiday and there may be an increased risk of minors trying to purchase alcohol or enter licensed premises
  • our Compliance Officers will be active across NSW during the long weekend conducting inspections of licensed premises.

We are committed to ensuring that Australia Day long weekend festivities are conducted in a safe and responsible manner. In the lead up we will be meeting with a number of licensees and managers to provide advice on best practice and remaining compliant over the long weekend.

We are also monitoring the industry for irresponsible liquor promotions, and will take action to restrict or prohibit dangerous activities. Please remember promotions encouraging the excessive consumption of alcohol do not comply with liquor promotion guidelines.