The Queensland Government has welcomed the final report of the independent evaluation of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence (TAFV) Policy.
The two-year evaluation reported a promising decrease in some key measures of alcohol-related harm across Queensland and listed a series of recommendations.
Key recommendations which have been accepted in principle, subject to further consultation include:
Mandatory ID scanning
• Increasing the minimum duration of Queensland Police banning notices from 10 days to one month.
• Limiting the amount of time venue-based bans remain on the system to minimise the impact of vexatious and/or excessive bans
• Adding an offence to the Liquor Act 1992 to address vexatious licensee bans
• Enabling banning lists to be shared with venues that are not on the ID scanner network
• Retaining mandatory ID scanners
• Exploring options for a stamp-in process where IDs have already been scanned, to avoid double scanning
• Removing the requirements to scan IDs from Mondays to Thursday for venues that close by 1 am.
• Extending the CCTV operation requirement state-wide for venues trading after midnight.
Safe Night Precincts (SNPs)
• Removing Inner Brisbane (Caxton Street) and Ipswich as part of a review of SNPs
• Conducting regular reviews of SNP boundaries
• Maintaining support services for SNPs
Responsible Service of Alcohol
• Introducing a penalty for not complying with Risk Assessed Management Plans.
• Publishing reasons and documents for licensing decisions (subject to privacy and resourcing).
You can read the report and the government’s interim response in full at the Queensland Government Publications page.