Licensed venues are being reminded to prioritise the safety of their patrons and remain on high alert with inspectors out in force on and around Australia Day.

Liquor & Gaming NSW said venues need to ensure they are checking IDs to prevent minors accessing alcohol and be actively working to prevent intoxication, violence and antisocial behaviour.

Liquor & Gaming NSW Executive Director – Regulatory Operations & Enforcement, Jane Lin said: “We want to ensure everyone can enjoy Australia Day while avoiding any potential alcohol-related issues.

“Our inspectors will be attending venues across the Sydney CBD and Greater Sydney areas to ensure patrons are kept safe while attending licensed venues.

“Licensed venues need to make sure they have procedures in place to deal with increased patronage and to make sure that alcohol is consumed in a safe and responsible way.”

Inspectors will also attend venues to ensure compliance on the Wednesday night before the Australia Day public holiday, and again on the weekend.

In addition, Liquor & Gaming NSW will be monitoring the industry for irresponsible liquor promotions, including those that promote the excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol, and will take action to restrict or prohibit activities that do not comply with the Liquor Promotion Guidelines.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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