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Preventing intoxication on licensed premises

26 October 2015

New guidelines detailing steps for licensees and staff to help prevent intoxication on licensed premises have been issued by the Secretary, NSW Trade & Investment.

These guidelines provide advice on the minimum steps that a licensee may need to demonstrate when defending a prosecution for permitting intoxication on licensed premises (under section 73(1)(a) of the Liquor Act 2007).

A copy of the guidelines is available here.

The development of the guidelines was informed by feedback from a broad cross-section of community, industry and government stakeholders. A response to the key issues raised by stakeholders regarding the development of the guidelines is provided here.

Intoxication guidelines
Intoxication Guidelines were issued on 1 July 2008 to align with the introduction of new liquor laws in NSW. The guidelines aim to assist licensees and their staff determine whether a person is intoxicated. The guidelines have been developed to support the following objectives of the Liquor Act 2007:

The need to minimise harm associated with misuse and abuse of liquor.
Encourage responsible attitudes and practices towards promotion, sale, supply, service and consumption of alcohol.
Ensure that the sale, supply and consumption of liquor contributions to and does not detract from, the amenity of community life.