The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing together with the NSW police force will be conducting compliance audits of licensed venues in the lead-up to and over the Australia Day weekend.

The inspections are part of ongoing audits that have been conducted throughout the summer period focusing on venue management and operating procedures. These include:

  • Practices to prevent intoxication and activities that can contribute to alcohol-related harm, including violence
  • Undesirable liquor promotions and activities
  • The sale of alcohol to minors (both take away sales and on- premises)
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) accreditation.

Unannounced compliance inspections will be conducted in Sydney’s CBD, Eastern Suburbs and Cronulla, as well as on the Central Coast, and in the Newcastle and Port Stephens areas.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said OLGR inspectors will be reviewing venue business practices and procedures and asking venues to take steps to fix them if needed.

“However I want licensed venues to know we take an absolute zero-tolerance approach to serious breaches of liquor laws and we won’t hesitate to throw the book at rogue venues.’’

Licensees are encouraged to refer to the Liquor Promotion Guidelines published on the OLGR website.


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