Reducing incidents of alcohol abuse and violence is the aim of new laws and an industry Code of Conduct for late-night licensed venues announced today.
Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau said the action being taken is the result of six months of consultation with industry and other interested parties including health agencies and SAPOL.
“It is vital that we take action to reduce alcohol related harm on city streets,” Mr Rau said.
“There are approximately 12,500 hospital admissions and 600 deaths attributable to alcohol in South Australia per year.
“SAPOL figures tell us that demand for police and health resources responding to alcohol problems all peak in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.
“For these reasons, today we are taking significant action aimed at venues open after 3am.
"New measures include the use of metal detectors, high-definition CCTV, drink marshalls, as well as an early morning ban on glassware, happy hours, shooters and doubles.
“Under this Code, venues will not be able to accept new patrons after 3am – this does not mean they will close, it just means no bar-hopping.
The package of reform also includes a Bill that will provide a greater set of powers to target licenced venues where there are specific alcohol and public safety issues.
“The Commissioner for Liquor will be given much stronger powers to change or impose the conditions of a venues licence,” Mr Rau said.
“New laws would also give the Government the power to regulate the provision of alcohol between midnight and 7am.
“The laws also give a clearer definition of ‘intoxicated’ so that it also includes behaviour that is a result of illicit drugs.”
Mr Rau said the package of measures is just one way that the State Government is tackling alcohol abuse and violence, and helping South Australians have a fun and safe night out.
“We have recently given Police new powers to search people using metal detectors in and around venues.
“We are also undertaking a piece of work through New Democracy that will look at the broader issue of vibrancy and safety, involving issues such as taxis, lighting and public transport.”
A draft Code was released for public consultation late last year and submissions were made publicly available. The finalised Late Night Code will come into force on 1 October, 2013.
The Bill which seeks to amend the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, will be introduced into Parliament next week.
Consumer and Business Services will write to all licensees in South Australia to inform them of the introduction of the Late Night Code of Practice and further information will be available on the website - www.cbs.sa.gov.au