An updated set of guidelines for licensees on how to prevent patrons from becoming intoxicated has been released by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR).
The recently released guidelines will not only assist venue operators with compliance requirements but it includes practical steps that licensees can take to manage the risk of intoxication.
While it is not a legal requirement to implement the recommended steps it would be highly advisable so as to minimise the risk of prosecution under the current liquor laws.
The maximum penalty for selling or supplying liquor to an intoxicated person on a licensed premises is $11,000 (Liquor Act 2007).
OLGR has confirmed that the new guidelines along with the remaining provisions of the LIquor Act Review commenced on 1 March, 2015 and include how to promote liquor responsibly, strategies for managing consumption, the implementation of harm minimisation techniques and how to prevent patrons from becoming intoxicated.
"These reforms aim to assist industry while ensuring appropriate community safeguards are in place to minimise alcohol-related harm," added OLGR.
Source : OLGR (NSW) website