From the Minister

Message from the Attorney-General and

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath

 

I would like to thank licensees for supporting the government’s initiatives and partnering with us to help keep our night time entertainment spots safe and enjoyable spaces.

Keeping Queenslanders and tourists safe while they enjoy our thriving entertainment precincts is important to us all and a key commitment of this government.

Alcohol-fuelled violence cannot be tolerated in our community and another step in the government’s plan to eradicate this unacceptable behaviour commenced on 1 July 2017. 

Non-exempt hotels within safe night precincts who trade past midnight on a permanent basis are now required to operate an approved ID scanner at each entry to their licensed premises.

The networked ID scanner system is a key component of the government’s Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Policy to ensure patron safety and help licensees meet their legislative requirement to prevent banned patrons from entering their premises.

I want to assure both licensees and patrons that strict and robust measures have been developed across government that are used by both the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to prevent any unauthorised access to the patron ID data collected from patron IDs.

The ID scanning system has also been tested to ensure that personal information is stored in a way that protects it from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. This is managed through a combination of encryption of data, limited retention periods and controlling the access of users to the ID scanning system.

In mid-June, the government approved an amendment to the Liquor Regulation that provides for a number of licence conditions regarding ID scanning privacy obligations that will apply to all licensees of regulated premises.

To safeguard the handling of personal information gathered through the scanning of IDs, it is already a general licence condition for licensees of regulated premises to comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth). In order to assist licensees of regulated premises comply with this general obligation, the Amendment Regulation more comprehensively outlines licensees’ responsibilities with respect to the security of the personal information collected, as well as defining arrangements for repairs of equipment and privacy breaches.  

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has created a privacy management plan template which you can adopt, or adapt to your particular circumstances. Licensees should use this plan in conjunction with the licensed venue's ID scanner privacy policy. 

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