from the Attorney-General and
for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath
We want all Queenslanders to feel that they can go out and enjoy our vibrant nightlife in a safe environment, without the danger of alcohol-fuelled violence.
That’s why from July 1, the Palaszczuk Government will be asking people who enter some licensed nightclubs in Queensland’s 13 Safe Night Precincts to ‘scan in for a safe night out.’
To help club licensees communicate this new requirement to their patrons, an awareness campaign – featuring six animations and a Spotify advertisement - will run for about two months on popular social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) from mid-June.
We know that ID scanning is a familiar concept to patrons, with some licensed clubs already using stand-alone scanners as part of their own security measures. This campaign will instead highlight the purpose of networked ID scanners and the role they have alongside police and court banning orders to prevent repeat offenders from engaging in anti-social and violent behaviour.
To coincide with the public awareness campaign, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will also provide downloadable posters for licensees to display at club entry points.
I encourage you to keep an eye and ear out for the advertisements, and to share these with your patrons and colleagues - they are short, catchy and get the message across that if you act inappropriately in a Safe Night Precinct, you’ll miss out.
ID scanner funding
It has been pleasing to hear about club licensees who have been installing ID scanners and working with other venues to promote safe and vibrant nightlife.
Club licensees who are required to operate a networked ID scanning system can apply for the one-off assistance payment of $4,000 (ex GST) from the Queensland Government. The OLGR posted an application form to all relevant licensees last month.
It is important to note that this funding is only available to those licensed clubs who are required by law to install an ID scanner by July 1 (i.e. licensed clubs in a Safe Night Precinct who are permanently approved to trade past midnight). This does not include those who may choose to join the scheme at a later date.
For further information, including contact details of the approved operators, please refer to the information on ID scanners available at www.business.qld.gov.au.