Date PostedJuly 29, 2014

New Rules for NSW come into Effect

The new liquor laws for NSW came into effect last week and this past weekend was the first during which licenced venues in Sydney’s entertainment districts had to implement lockouts and last drinks calls.

While many believe that these new restrictions aimed at reducing alcohol fuelled violence will simply push this violence into the suburbs, there are those who say they can already see the positive effect of the restrictions taking place.

According to Kypros Kypri, a professor of public health at the University of Newcastle, research he has conducted shows that earlier pub closing times have a large impact on curbing alcohol-fuelled violence. On a post on Professor Kypri the NSW government’s new laws requiring most pubs, bars and clubs in Sydney’s central business district to stop serving alcohol at 3am are likely to reduce assault rates.

The new laws cover Sydney’s hotspots which include Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Cockle Bay, the Rocks and Haymarket. Now patrons have will be locked out of licenced venues from 1:30 am which means that if they are thrown out of a venue at this time, they will no longer be able to re-enter.

Also bottle stores in the state will now longer be allowed to sell alcohol after 10pm and licenced premises will have to stop serving alcohol at 3:00am.

During the days leading into the implementation of the laws, police numbers were increased in the area to enforce the strict new measures and according to NSW Assistant Commissioner, Mark Murdock the first night was incident free.

He was quoted as saying:

4469780-3x2-340x227“From what our experience was last night, and clearly it was anticipated in terms of low patron numbers on a Sunday night, people were very compliant. There were no issues, venues were well prepared,” he said.

“Sunday night is probably not the ideal night to start assessing the impact.

“I think we need to get over Mardi Gras and the weekend of the 6th and 7th of March. I think we’ll see the full impact of the new measures and we’ll get a better idea of what we’re up against then.”


Murdoch admitted that there was the risk that crowds would simply move their alcohol fuelled violence elsewhere because of the new rules applying only to a certain specified district,

“It is something that we have anticipated but again those late night trading venues on the fringe of the entertainment precincts will be heavily policed,” he said.

“We have engaged the venue operators. They understand that the migration of patrons maybe an issue they need to deal with and we will working with them to ensure that they can operate their venues safely and the community is kept safe also.”


One of the other problems which contributed to violence in the area was a lack of transport which is why over Saturday and Sunday there were additional buses running to transport people home and avoid them loitering around.

Editor’s Update:  The OLGR NSW Online RSA course has not been available since early 2014.  However in January 2015 this website released a replacement: The OLGR NSW RSA Distance Learning Mode course.  For more information click here, or start course here.

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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