Liquor Regulations in NSW

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Liquor Regulations in NSW

Agreements in Liquor Regulations in NSW

Liquor accords are formulated with the objectives of promoting  a safe environment in communities through responsible management of venues licensed to serve and sell alcohol; minimizing harm through observance of responsible serving principles; and, supporting  effective communication and problem-solving between key stakeholders and licensees.

In Australia, liquor accords are localised to resolve liquor-related local issues in an area.  They are formulated by representatives from the concerned government agency, the police, the council, licensed premises, local businesses and related community organisations. The geographical area coverage of an accord is defined by its members taking into consideration district police boundaries, local government areas and environmental factors present.

While liquor accords of one community maybe different from the other, the communities share and adapt strategies are shared and adapted to address similar issues.

Liquor accords address alcohol-related problems and aim to:

  • minimize anti-social behaviour arising from too much alcohol consumption.
  • create effective transport strategies to move people.
  • develop a communication network between venues to deal with unruly patrons or provide warnings.
  • Improve the knowledge of licensees, managers and staff regarding their legislative obligations relative to alcohol.
  • reduce road trauma directly related to abusive alcohol intake.

In some areas, there are precinct liquor accords for designated late-night entertainment precincts. These accords put together all stakeholders with the end view of reducing liquor-related violence and promoting safer, more vibrant entertainment precincts. Membership to and active participation in these accords is required for late-night licensed venues within the boundary of precinct liquor accords.

Still, liquor accords work well only when all persons are committed to meet the spirit and the intent of these accords, founded on trust, looking at local issues and solutions, and agreeing  to do something beyond what are in the legislation.  Liquor accords are coordinated by licensees, police officers, or local council employees. Liquor accords are formalised and articulated in legislation.

There are basic principles underlying an accord with the commitment by all licensees and club managements to abide by the principles of the accord, to:

  • comply with all liquor laws.
  • reduce liquor-related incidents.
  • prevent drinking by minors.
  • serve and promote alcohol safely.
  • require responsible behaviour from customers.
  • provide properly trained employees
  • being a good neighbour by improving safety and security  for patrons and the neighbourhood.
  • cooperate with the police and the community.

Some liquor accords reflect a commitment to requirements contained in the liquor laws but others add value by including provisions for improving patron awareness of the alcohol serving laws and providing a coordinated approach for late night transport of customers from local venues. Genuine benefits derived from liquor accords include safer and more welcoming local neighbourhoods, enhanced reputation for licensees and improved business environment and constructive working relationships among stakeholders.