The QLD Government has decided to abandon the introduction of a 1am lockout for bars and nightclubs in 3am Safe Night Precincts (SNPs). The 1am lockouts were part of the second phase of liquor reforms to be introduced on the 1st of February 2017. Cabinet Ministers voted against the introduction of 1am lockouts after an interim report into the first six months of the restrictions the Government put in place on the 1st of July 2016. The restrictions introduced last year saw the cessation of drinks at 3am for venues in entertainment areas as well as the banning of rapid consumption drinks after midnight. On the basis of the report’s findings, the QLD Government has decided to take the following actions:
- Repeal the 1am lock out provisions which were to take effect on 1 February 2017.
- Reduce the number of one-off permits to allow trading until 5am from 12 to six in SNPs.
- Limit the use of the one-off permits to “special events” to be defined by criteria approved by the Government, rather than 5am trading being “business as usual”
- Enforce the operation of mandatory ID scanners from 1 July 2017 in SNPs.
- Maintain previous measures that include 2am last drinks for venues with a late licence or 3am last drinks in SNPs.
For more information and to view the findings from the interim report, visit: https://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/newsroom/assets/alcohol-fuelled-violence-six-mth-report.pdf