Many students from across the country head to the Gold Coast for a week to let off steam once they graduate from high school. The State Government is committed to ensuring that visitors remain safe during their festivities, by ensuring that compliance officers are more visible throughout the Schoolies period.
A Geelong pub is facing legal action by a patron for failure of duty of care, for injuries she sustained on the premises. It is nearly impossible for public venues to protect patrons from random acts, and such an event would typically fall to a case against the other individual. But Jason Thomas from AusComply says the likely lack of evidence to show the venue’s efforts in this instance could hurt them in Court.
While Governments look for legislative answers in the form of tougher legislation, increased regulation and enforcement, greater penalties and restrictive conditions, successfully operating a compliant venue in this evolving environment is becoming diabolical to say the least.
Just eight days since the ill-fated ‘review’ into Sydney’s lockout trade restrictions, plans for ‘Phase 2’ of the solution are gaining momentum. The outcry against the raft of laws that have transformed the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross night-time economy clearly demonstrates the results are not in line with community expectations.
“So much for a ‘comprehensive review’ of the CBD and Kings Cross precinct regulations,” says Jason Thomas, Executive Director at AusComply. “Sceptics could certainly be excused for assuming the results of this ‘comprehensive review’ hadn’t already been pre-determined well and truly before the first submission had even been considered.”
“Despite not trading past midnight I’ve been using the AusComply Electronic Incident Register and compliance software since early October 2015. I highly recommend the AusComply software as a cost effective and efficient business tool to help reduce and manage risk," says Lyn Humphreys (Licensee Oatley Hotel & Senior Vice President AHA - NSW).
Authorities have put pubs on notice ahead of the pending football finals series, warning of plans to target key compliance-related areas in licensed venues. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) says inspections will focus on intoxication, capacity and under-age breaches, as well as trading hours and responsible service issues.
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Jason Thomas served almost two decades on the NSW Police Force before starting AusComply. In this article he discusses the lockout laws and whether compliance is the answer.
The release of the quarterly report by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) suggests that the number of non-domestic assaults has increased at The Star casino since the lockout and last drinks legislation was introduced, however the increase has been only minimal.