Hotel, clubs and restaurants will soon be able to provide live entertainment between 11am and midnight as part of a new simpler process that will cut red tape and reduce costs.
Minister for Business Services and Consumers Gail Gago said the move will invigorate the live music scene in Adelaide and throughout the State.
“These changes will have a very positive effect on the entertainment industry,” Ms Gago said.
“There will be a much simpler process for venues that want to have live music. Patrons will be happy and South Australia will become even more vibrant.
“The entertainment consent policy has been the subject of criticism by the industry - not only because of the red tape but the process costs $500. Under this change, the fee will be abolished.”
Currently, in order for licensed premises to be able to host live music, they must submit an Entertainment Consent Application which specifies what days and times the live music will be presented, as well as what type of music might be played.
Cabinet gave permission to draft an amendment to the Liquor Licensing Act on Monday. The changes will see live entertainment occurring between 11am and midnight using a more streamlined, quicker and cheaper process.
The South Australian Hotels Association General Manager Ian Horne said it was brilliant news for the live music scene and for the ongoing viability of the hotel and entertainment industry.
“This is an incredibly high-impact shot in the arm for hotels and live music,” Mr Horne said.
“Hotels are the main employer of live musicians in SA so the impact of this will be extremely significant. It is really fabulous news and the AHA is delighted.”
The removal of the entertainment consent was a recommendation of Live Music Thinker in Residence Martin Elbourne and has been supported by Greens MLC, Tammy Franks.
Ms Gago said the new proposal does not seek to remove the entertainment consent process entirely but it does strike a very fair balance in reducing red tape but still maintaining adequate regulation. Once the changes have been drafted, targeted consultation will take place.