from the Attorney-General, Justice Minister
and Leader of the House
The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP
2020 is now underway and I wish you and your staff a safe and successful year.
I remain committed to working with the Queensland club industry and community to improve patron safety. We want Queensland patrons and interstate and overseas visitors to be safe and feel relaxed as they enjoy a night out at licensed premises throughout our state.
Thank you for your support in 2019 and I look forward to working with you to reduce the toll of alcohol-fuelled violence.
I re-cap the legislative changes which were introduced in early December 2019 which have made community club licences an exempt class of licence for the purpose of mandatory ID scanning.
The intention of the changes is to preserve benefits of mandatory ID scanning, but remove the requirement for patrons’ identities to be verified twice.
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation is liaising with affected clubs to ensure they have reasonable steps in place to prevent banned persons from entering their venue.
These changes resulted from the independent review of the Queensland Government’s Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Policy and our subsequent extensive consultation with licensees and industry representatives.
You can view the Liquor Amendment Regulation 2019 at www.legislation.qld.gov.au
2020 Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence
The Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence will be held on 17 March 2020.
As in recent years, the Queensland Government will sponsor two awards which are announced at the gala awards dinner - ‘Special Achievement Award–Responsible Gambling’ and ‘Special Achievement Award–Responsible Service of Alcohol’.
The responsible gambling award is for a club that creates a safe, supportive environment for gaming patrons and demonstrates excellence in the areas of community liaison, staff training and the implementation of responsible gaming initiatives.
The responsible service of alcohol (RSA) award is for a club that takes ownership of RSA and approaches it with a well-rounded strategy, exceeding the government’s code of conduct.
It goes without saying that the responsible management of gaming and service of alcohol are critically important, so these awards are for clubs that excel. Not only are the recipients of these awards compliant, they go a step further.
I look forward to seeing the results.