On 28 November 2019 the NSW Government announced it will implement certain key recommendations from the Joint Select Committee’s report on Sydney’s night time economy, including a range of reforms to NSW’s liquor laws.
The liquor law reforms will be implemented in stages to allow time for consultation where necessary.
Initial liquor law reforms are planned to come into effect on 14 January 2020 and include the following changes:
Lockouts and last drinks
^If the last drinks restriction applies, then no alcohol may be sold or supplied between 3:30am and 5am.
#These changes do not override existing development consents. Before increasing capacity, licensees should check their development consent to confirm that it specifically allows their venue to hold 120 patrons. If a venue’s development consent is silent on patron numbers or specifies a number less than 120, licensees should contact their local council to determine if a modification to their consent is required.
Note: All licensees are advised to refer to the conditions imposed on their liquor licence and DA before implementing any of the reforms outlined above. Licensees must, at all times, adhere to the most restrictive requirements imposed on their venue.
Other liquor law reforms
The remaining liquor law reforms that have been announced as part of the NSW Government’s response will require more significant changes to NSW liquor laws, including amendments to the Liquor Act 2007.
The reforms include:
Additional time is required to consult with stakeholders on proposed changes to the laws before these reforms can be implemented. Alongside this, further consultation will also occur on a final proposed framework to regulate same day delivery of alcohol to support businesses with this emerging model to operate in a responsible way.
If you have any questions about how the liquor law reforms affect your liquor licence, please contact us on 1300 024 720.
View the NSW Government’s full response to the Committee’s recommendations here.