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Sweeping liquor reforms pass state Parliament

14 November 2017

The first major changes to South Australia’s liquor licensing system in nearly two decades have passed state Parliament, paving the way for a simpler, more effective system.

The changes include:

  • new licensing categories, aimed at simplifying the process for venues and events to apply for a licence
  • tougher laws around the secondary supply of alcohol to minors, where a person who supplies alcohol to the minor in contravention of the new laws will face a maximum penalty of $10,000 and expiation fee of $500. A minor who consumes or has possession of alcohol in contravention of the new laws will also face a maximum penalty of $2,500 and expiation fee of $210
  • cutting red tape for new and existing licensees
  • removing outdated restrictions on the sale of liquor on Sundays, Christmas Day, Good Friday, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
  • abolishing the anti-competitive “needs test”.

The reforms will be implemented in phases, with consultation to take place with industry on some key elements of the reform prior to their implementation.