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Below is a record of this engagement.
Legislation has been passed by the South Australian Parliament to implement reforms to liquor licensing in South Australia.
The reforms were developed in response to the 2016 review conducted by retired Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson QC which included changes to liquor licence categories.
As part of the review a number of recommendations were made to the limited licence structure including that the limited licence category be abolished and replaced by a tiered system depending on the duration and nature of the event.
Delivery of the reforms has been divided into three stages to allow for operational changes and further consultation on different aspects of the reforms.
Stage 1 – December 2017
The first stage of reforms commenced in December 2017, focusing on protecting minors and reducing red tape.
Stage 2 – September 2018
Stage 2 changes create tougher penalties for breaches of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, expand protections for minors, reduce red tape, and introduce additional changes in the best interest of the community in relation to:
- direct sales
- seizure of evidence of age documents
- dry zones
- welfare barrings
- training requirements
- liquor accords.
Laws have now passed that support the stage 2 reforms, many of which commence 24 September 2018.
Stage 3 – 2019/2020
The State Government delivered the 2018-19 State Budget on Tuesday, 4 September 2018, which includes the introduction of revised liquor licensing fees.
All current licences will transition to new liquor licence categories, commencing mid-2019.
To assist licensees through the transition of their licences, an easy to use web portal will also be developed.
Consumer and Business Services will continue to work with industry and licensees to provide advice about these changes.