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28 September 2017

Liquor law changes introduced from 1 October 2017 to reduce red tape and improve industry regulation

The NSW Government has introduced a range of liquor law reforms that will come into effect from 1 October 2017.

These changes will further improve industry regulation and business certainty and viability by reducing red tape, and will encourage venues to continue to provide safe environments for patrons to enjoy themselves.

The key changes coming into effect from 1 October:

  • Improved effectiveness of the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme for venues that repeatedly commit the most serious offences.
  • Refreshed liquor licence conditions and an extended liquor licence freeze in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross until 1 June 2018, with some changes to provide more opportunities for businesses to refurbish and improve their offerings to customers.
  • Certain special licence conditions for Kings Cross venues will also be removed to further reduce red tape.
  • Improved effectiveness of the Minors Sanction Scheme for venues that sell alcohol to under-18s.
  • Enhanced business flexibility for small bars in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts trading after midnight.

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