CBS actively regulates and educates the liquor and gaming industry by ensuring proper conduct and compliance with relevant legislation. Maintaining public confidence in SA’s liquor and gaming industry is achieved by setting a minimum standard for each licensed premises, and enforcing relevant provisions where appropriate. Inspections are carried out regularly with numerous licensed venues across the state, targeting particular areas of interest at each inspection.
One operation recently saw inspectors target 20 venues in the eastern suburbs. 10 issues of non-compliance were raised including failing to have correct signage or badges or having a Responsible Person on duty. One venue had a licence condition imposed where a breach was detected. Follow up inspections are planned for the New Year. CBS demonstrates a strong commitment to compliance and subsequent enforcement.
Education plays a vital part in keeping patrons safe and licensees compliant. Educational inspections may be conducted when a new venue opens. Providing resources and materials to new licensees assists in understanding the responsibilities that come with a liquor licence, including ensuring public safety through the responsible service of alcohol. CBS invites new and existing venues to contact CBS to discuss compliance requirements.
CBS also regularly teams up with other agencies such as SAPOL, event organisers and local councils to manage broader issues of compliance. This shared knowledge in the liquor and gambling sector can be advantageous and efficient. CBS has a strong focus on working together with other agencies in all areas of compliance.
In late 2015 inspectors made covert observations by checking the responsible service of alcohol within venues and the roles of staff in relation to effective supervision and management of premises. In a separate operation, compliance checks focusing on the requirements relating to the advertising of gambling products resulted in a number of expiations being issued.
For the first time, 2015 saw a licensee elect to be prosecuted rather than pay an expiation fee. My Yen proprietors, the Lau Brothers Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court in December for failing to display a copy of a licence showing all conditions. A total fine of $615 was imposed and will act a deterrent to others who ignore warnings regarding non-compliance.