Liquor Control Amendment Act 2010 To Take Effect 17 January 2011

Liquor Control Amendment Act 2010 To Take Effect 17 January 2011

Western Australia Minister for Racing & Gaming Terry Waldron

Barring Notices To Become Law

Victor P Taffa

Barring Notices Targeting Anti-Social Behaviour on licensed premises is part of a raft of changes to the Liquor Control Act to come into effect next week.

Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said the changes, part of the Liquor Control Amendment Act 2010, would be implemented in stages.

The first provisions to take effect included the introduction of Barring Notices.

“Barring Notices are designed to target individuals who have been violent or disorderly, or engage in indecent behaviour, on licensed premises.” Mr. Waldron said.

“People who have been issued a barring notice can be prohibited from entering a specific licensed premises or a particular class of licensed premises.”

“They can be effective for a period up to 12 months but can only be issued by a member of WA Police, of or above the rank of Inspector.”

The Minister said a person issued with a barring notice can apply to the Liquor Commission for a review of the matter, but only if the barring notice is for a period of more than one month.

“Barring notices are an important part of the State Government’s strategy to target anti-social behaviour in our entertainment districts by sending a clear message to would-be troublemakers.” Mr. Waldron said.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan welcomed the changes to the Liquor Control Act which would give frontline officers new powers to improve public safety in and around licensed premises.

“Barring notices will give Police the ability to quickly target people causing trouble in licensed premises. While prohibition orders have been used extensively for more serious incidents, they take time to issue.  Barring Notices will provide a swifter response for Police.” Mr. O’Callaghan said.

Mr. Waldron said the trading hours of nightclubs would also be affected by the changes to the Act.

“Trading hours for nightclubs have been reduced by one hour on Saturday and Sunday mornings.” the Minister said.

“This means nightclubs are required to close at 5 am on those days.”

The Minister said under the changes to the Act, a liquor licence may not be required in certain situations where alcohol is consumed.  However, these situations must be prescribed in regulations.

“This could allow operators of small chartered vehicles and small live entertainment venues to operate on a BYO basis without the need for a liquor licence.” Mr. Waldron said.

Mr. Waldron said other changes to the Act that come into effect next week include giving Police the Power to seize and dispose of unopened containers of liquor where a person is consuming liquor in a public place without authority (including street drinking), if they believe the person is posing or likely to pose an anti-social risk.

The Minister said the implementation of a new Approved Manager Framework, which would simplify the Registration Process for Licensees and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, would be introduced later in the year.

 

Barring Notices Effective 17 January 2011

Barring Notices Effective 17 January 2011

Regulating Behaviour Provisions Effective 17 January 2011

Regulating Behaviour Provisions Effective 17 January 2011