Powdered alcohol banned in Queensland

From 3 August 2018, liquor in powdered or crystal form is declared an undesirable liquor product and is permanently banned in Queensland. This means it is illegal to sell or supply liquor in powdered or crystal form, including the powdered alcohol known as Palcohol, as well as powdered alcohol contained in a capsule or in … Read morePowdered alcohol banned in Queensland

Recent prosecutions

Selling alcohol without a licence In Maroochydore Magistrates Court in May – two licensees were penalised and convicted for selling liquor without a licence and supplying/allowing the consumption of liquor at an unauthorised time. The Magistrate said that licensees have a public policy obligation to comply with the conditions on their licences and therefore a … Read moreRecent prosecutions

Signage that licensed venues must display by law

OLGR would like to remind Licensees that under the Liquor Act 1992, they must display the following mandatory signs on a conspicuous part of the premises: Liquor licence/permit details Also read Liquor guideline 14: Particulars to be displayed on licensed premises. View RAMP sign This sign advises patrons of their right to see the venue’s risk-assessed management … Read moreSignage that licensed venues must display by law

New Penalty point rate as of 1st July 2018

The Unit penalty rate for offences under Queensland Law has increased to $130.55, due to the CPI increase applied at 30.06.2018. Remember that the fines for offences calculated under the new rate apply if you are taken to court. In most cases, such as  where the offence was the result of an oversight on the … Read moreNew Penalty point rate as of 1st July 2018

New ‘Responsible Service’ Videos from OLGR

In case you haven’t noticed, OLGR has published two new Training Videos. These are heaps better than the old videos we have been stuck with since 1999, and very good for training new entrants to the Industry.  They will appear a bit laboured for the old hands – who shouldn’t need them anyway! The first video … Read moreNew ‘Responsible Service’ Videos from OLGR

New rules pertaining to sale of liquor in Car Parks

OLGR advises, that as a result of recent changes to the Liquor Act 1992, from 1 September 2016, any approval you had to sell, supply or allow liquor to be consumed in a car park is no longer valid. This approval may have been provided by the Commissioner in relation to an area forming part … Read moreNew rules pertaining to sale of liquor in Car Parks

Ban on rapid intoxication drinks after 12 midnight

A statutory ban prohibits the sale or supply of rapid intoxication drinks between 12am midnight and 5am for venues authorised to trade past midnight. Under the Liquor Act, a rapid intoxication drink is one that is designed to be consumed rapidly or contains a high percentage of alcohol, and is prescribed by regulation. The drinks … Read moreBan on rapid intoxication drinks after 12 midnight

New OLGR Penalty Rate applies from 1st July

As predicted, the new OLGR Penalty Unit has been raised to $121.90. Most of the fines for breaches have remained the same in P/U terms – e.g. if a Minor is found to be consuming liquor on licensed premises, the Licensee receives a fine of 250 p/u, the staff member who poured the alcohol is fined 80 p/u … Read moreNew OLGR Penalty Rate applies from 1st July

Good news for Craft Brewers

The Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill will allow for the sale and sampling of craft beer at promotional events. On a date yet to be determined, small craft beer producers that hold a producer/wholesaler liquor licence in Qld (or equivalent liquor licence in another State) will be allowed to sell craft beer at promotional … Read moreGood news for Craft Brewers

Future changes to liquor legislation

Safe Night Precinct Boards have until 1st February 2017 to be officially prescribed as a “3am safe night precinct”.  If a safe night precinct has NOT been prescribed as a 3am safe night precinct by 1st Feb 2017, then all licensees within the precinct will have their trading hours automatically reduced to 2am. Safe night … Read moreFuture changes to liquor legislation

Changes to liquor legislation that will commence on 1st July

Changes to trading hours Safe Night Precincts From 1st July 2016, late-trading venues will be able to sell alcohol until 3am.  Venues in the safe night precinct can also remain open beyond 3am to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages, and to provide entertainment.  The 30min ‘grace period’ after last drinks are called will still apply. … Read moreChanges to liquor legislation that will commence on 1st July

Changes to liquor legislation that HAVE commenced

The Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Amendment Legislation Act 2016 came into effect on 4th March 2016, and resulted in several changes to the Liquor Act 1992. Whilst we “saw most of them coming” – such as the one which allows Community Clubs to sell takeaway liquor to any signed in visitors (provided they reside outside of … Read moreChanges to liquor legislation that HAVE commenced

Beware of ‘Guideline 60’

It appears that OLGR is ramping up its interest in risk management for venues on the Coast. Guideline 60 is about ensuring that plans are in place to manage the possibility of ‘rapid & excessive consumption’ within your venue. It is easier with planned events, such as Weddings.  Simply ensure that the organizer agrees (in … Read moreBeware of ‘Guideline 60’