The members of the Shire Accords were recently fortunate enough to receive a presentation from Liquor & Gaming NSW regarding trading tips for summer season ahead.
Summer in the Sutherland Shire sees schoolies, holidays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Australia Day celebrations and just more people getting out and about and enjoying our amazing weather. Along with more people comes the need for more vigilance surrounding the sale, service and promotion of liquor.
In conjunction with Liquor & Gaming NSW, here’s our tips for a safe and secure summer season:
Significant penalties apply to licensed venues that serve and sell alcohol to those under the age of 18. The best way to ensure this does not happen is to ensure ID is presented and carefully checked for all patrons.
Appropriate forms of identification:
- Driver’s Licence
- NSW Photo Card
- Proof of Age card or Driver’s Licence issued in another Australian State or Territory
- Proof of Age card or Driver’s Licence issued in another Country
It’s worth noting and informing staff that all of the above forms of ID should be current and that the NSW Proof of Age cards are no longer produced and cannot be accepted as a valid form of identification.
Penalties apply when your staff serve alcohol to an intoxicated patron. Typically an intoxicated person can be identified by slurred/slowed speech, lack of balance and co-ordination or noticeably affected behaviour.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Tips:
- Intoxicated patrons cannot be served alcohol in licensed venues at any time.
- Intoxicated patrons are to be refused entry or removed from the venue immediately.
- Offer alternatives to full strength alcohol, such as low alcohol beer or wine, water and soft drinks, or coffee and tea.
- Employ RSA Marshalls to monitor patrons and intoxication in your venue.
Care should be taken to ensure that any liquor promotions are appropriate. The 7 principles for compliance of liquor promotions from Liquor & Gaming NSW:
- The promotion must not have a special appeal to minors, because of the designs, names, motifs or characters in the promotion that are, or are likely to be, attractive to minors, or for any other reason.
- The promotion must not be indecent or offensive.
- The promotion must not involve the use of non-standard measures that encourages irresponsible drinking and is likely to result in intoxication.
- The promotion should not use emotive descriptions or advertising that encourages irresponsible drinking and is likely to result in intoxication.
- The promotion should not involve the provision of free drinks or extreme discounts, or discounts for a limited duration that creates an incentive for patrons to consume liquor more rapidly than they otherwise might.
- The promotion should not otherwise encourage irresponsible, rapid or excessive consumption of liquor.
- The promotion should not be otherwise considered to not be in the public interest.
Security & Safety
Measures should be in place over the summer season to ensure that staff and patrons enjoy their night out but are safe and secure while doing so.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Tips:
- Ensure adequate security staff are on hand at peak trading times.
- Brief security clearly on their roles and responsibilities.
- Operate to your venue patron capacity, as overcrowding can make responsible service of alcohol more difficult.
- Give patrons booking events or functions at your venue relevant information. Provide them with information on responsible drinking, patron behaviour, patron and staff safety, and alcohol related legislation.
- Make sure your signs are up to date and displayed correctly and clearly.
- Contact your local police, council, and liquor accord to discuss funding, partnership or local transport options.
- Promote safe transport options by briefing staff on available transport and with posters and electronic displays within your venue.
- Implement a designated driver strategy where those who have chosen to drive their friends home are given a wristband that entitles them to free soft drinks.