By Joshua Brown of McNamara & Associates Solicitors
Recently we wrote an article giving you the information you need to know about the new Queensland lockout and alcohol consumption laws.
One of the most significant changes to the law was that from 1 February 2017 the lock out time would be wound back to an earlier time of 1:00am. This meant if you left a venue after 1am, you would not be permitted to re-enter the venue.
Just before those changes to the law were to take effect the Queensland Government announced that they would not proceed with the 1:00am lock out in safe night precincts. Therefore you can still be permitted entry up to 3:00am in the safe night precincts.
The ban on the sale of shots, cocktails and premixed drinks after 12am continues, and instead of the earlier lock out bars, pubs and nightclubs that are approved to operate after 12am will be required to install and operate ID Scanners (by 1 July 2017).
You could find that you are prevented entry to these venues if you have a Queensland Police, or Court imposed ban relating to the premises.
Interestingly enough, the lock out and drinking restrictions do not apply to Casinos (holding a commercial special facility license) if they have an approved application for extended trading hours which will allow them to trade until 5am. The lock our provisions also do not apply on New Year’s Day.
If you have any enquiries about the liquor law or have been charged with an alcohol related offence, McNamara & Associates would be happy to assist.