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Review of SA liquor laws


Public comment closed on proposed liquor law changes

The Government of South Australia sought public comment on sweeping changes to the State’s liquor licensing laws, in response to a review of the licensing regime by former Supreme Court Justice Tim Anderson.

In addition to amendments to the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, the government sought comment on draft Community Impact Assessment Guidelines which must be applied by the licensing authority when considering certain high risk licence applications.

Consultation closed on 6 January 2017. 


Government response to the Review of the South Australian Liquor Licensing Act 1997

The Government of South Australia has released its response to the review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 by former Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson.

The vast majority of Mr Anderson's recommendations have been accepted in full, some have been accepted in principle or in part, and eight have not been accepted.


Liquor licensing discussion paper submissions

On 2 October 2015 the government announced the first full scale review of South Australia’s liquor licensing laws in almost 20 years. A discussion paper was released that focused on three key themes:

  • a safer drinking culture
  • red tape reduction
  • vibrancy.

The public was invited to make submissions about reforming the current Liquor Licensing Act 1997.

Submissions closed on 29 January 2016.  However, some respondents were granted an extension until 5 February 2016 to allow for the collation and inclusion of critical research data in their submissions.

Below are the submissions received from respondents who did not object to the publication of their submission. Personal information and references to third parties in some of the submissions have not been published. Submissions marked as “confidential” have not been published.


Review of submissions

The Hon T.R Anderson QC was appointed by the Government of South Australia to conduct an independent review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.  As part of his review, Mr Anderson considered the issues raised in the Liquor Licensing Discussion Paper and the submissions received from respondents.

Mr Anderson  released his findings to the Government on 6 July 2016.

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