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Burden of unnecessary regulatory compliance lifted from Queensland licensees

21 November 2013

On Wednesday 20th November the Liquor (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 was passed by Parliament. What are some of the key changes of which businesses should be aware?

Liquor Act 1992

  • Licensees who are able to demonstrate financial hardship may be able to pay their liquor licence fees by instalments.
  • Low risk licensed venues (e.g. restaurants, cafés and small clubs) that do not trade past midnight will no longer be required to have an "approved manager" on site.
  • Tour operators offering clients limited amounts of alcohol (i.e. not more than two standard drinks per day) will be exempt from liquor licensing requirements.
  • Managers who already hold current Responsible Management of Licensed Venues (RMLV) qualifications will no longer be required to complete Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training as well.
  • Licensees will no longer be required by law to maintain RSA training registers.

Gaming Machine Act 1991

  • The Government issuing of gaming machine identification plates will cease, with machines being identified by manufacturers' serial numbers instead.
  • Gaming machines may be destroyed by licensees without the prior written consent of the Commissioner.
  • Some requirements related to applications for increases in gaming machines have been made redundant.

These amendments have been made in addition to the legislative reforms passed by Parliament in May of this year. It is hoped that the changes will improve regulatory efficiency for operators in the tourism and hospitality sector resulting in industry expansion and the creation of more job opportunities.

For more information contact:

Louise Wallace | Partner

t +61 7 3224 0231

f +61 7 3224 0333


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