Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill 2017

The State Government is embarking on a process to modernise South Australia’s liquor licensing system. This is a complex piece of work that requires striking the right balance between fostering a vibrant industry for our state, supporting local businesses and ensuring there are adequate safeguards in place to protect our community.

On Wednesday 29 March Deputy Premier, John Rau introduced the final Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill 2017 into Parliament.

A copy of the final Bill is available on the Attorney-General’s Department website. This is a culmination of the Government’s vision for a modern liquor licensing system and the consultation feedback.

The introduction of the Bill outlines the legal framework for the new system, however there are areas proposed by the independent review that Government is still considering. Amendments will also be required to the regulations and the Commissioner’s Codes of Practice.

Amendments expected to be considered as part of the regulations and Code includes changes to support the:

  • New classes of licence, in particular details of the Short Term Licence class and the new annual fees.
  • Various reforms in the Bill such as minors on licensed premises, the sale of liquor through direct sales and the new power to enable seizure of an evidence of age document.
  • Requirements relating to responsible service of alcohol training.
  • The offence of selling or supplying liquor to an intoxicated person.

The State Government will be consulting with impacted members of the community during the development of the changes to the regulations and Codes of Practice.