The Queensland Government has had another backflip on Lockout Laws due to come into effect on 1 February.
What looks to be changing?
- 1am lockouts within Safe Night Precinct areas will no longer be implemented on 1 February.
- State-wide end of alcohol service is now at 2am unless the venue is within a Safe Night Precinct which ends at 3am.
- The number of one-off permits allowing trading until 5am is to be cut from 12 to 6 within Safe Night Precincts and use is limited to “special events” yet to be defined by Government.
- A Ban on the sale of shots and other rapid intoxication high alcohol content drinks after midnight stays.
- Enforcement of ID scanners within Safe Night Precincts comes into effect from 1 July 2017.
Liquor Licensing Rules will govern what you can and cannot do in your venue – in some parts of Queensland, members of local liquor accords have voluntarily adopted earlier lockout times. If your liquor license has a condition imposing a lockout you must comply with the conditions of your liquor license.
Failure to comply with lockouts could result in penalties of up to $12,190 for licensees or permit holders.