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ID Scanners

ID scanners are machines that electronically read identification cards, such as a driver licence or proof of age card, and store identification details. Licensees can voluntarily install ID scanners as a security measure for their venue.

If you've voluntarily installed one in your venue, you must comply with the Privacy Act 1988 to protect personal information recorded by a patron ID scanner.

Get more information about privacy from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

ID scanners in Kings Cross

High risk licensed venues in the Kings Cross precinct must have an ID scanner. This measure was put in place to stop:

  • alcohol-fuelled violence
  • troublemakers at the door, and
  • identify patrons who break the law.

A list of the venues that are high risk, and any exceptions, are included in the Liquor Regulation 2018 at Schedule 3.

Banning laws

New laws introduced in 2014 allowed police to ban troublemakers for a:

  • short term (up to 48 hours)
  • long term (up to 12 months).

ID scanners in Kings Cross alert licensees and staff if a banned person tries to enter their venue. Breaches to the banning order can result in fines of up to $11,000.

General operation

Only ID scanners supplied by Group Security Solutions (trading as PatronScan) are authorised for use in Kings Cross. 

ID scanners operating in the Kings Cross precinct must be in use between 9.00pm and the relevant lockout times that apply on the night, either 1.30am, or 2.00am if extended live entertainment trading times are in operation.

They must also be:

  • under the immediate and personal supervision of a staff member when in use
  • in a secure area recorded by CCTV and inaccessible to the public when not in use.


Licensees in the Kings Cross precinct must operate ID scanners at their venues according to the conditions under section 116E(1)(f)(ii) of the Liquor Act 2007.

The Kings Cross Approved ID Scanner Requirements guideline (PDF 266.5 KB) explains these conditions.

Not following these requirements can result in fines of up to $11,000 per offence.

Please note Liquor & Gaming NSW is reviewing these guidelines. The updated guideline will be available soon.

Privacy training

Licensees and staff of venues in the Kings Cross precinct operating ID scanners must complete the privacy training course.

The Privacy training course will help ensure licensees and staff understand:

  • privacy laws
  • legal requirements when scanning a patron's ID
  • the importance of protecting personal information.

If your venue operates an ID scanner in the Kings Cross precinct and you haven’t completed the approved privacy training, you will get a fine. You can only obtain a privacy endorsement by completing the online privacy training course.