After a big slap down in 2013, the NSW Government has extended an olive branch to the industry by relaxing the lockout laws from January 14. We campaigned for it, we insisted the laws were over the top, now it’s up to us to prove that we can deliver a culture of safety and compliance. They put their trust in us very publicly, we must not betray it.
With a spotlight on our drinking culture nationally, tightening regulations, and lockout laws grabbing headlines in Sydney and other areas, the pressure is on venues large and small to demonstrate an environment of compliance and safety.
Palace Hotel in Sydney’s CBD just became the first venue to be granted an exemption to the lockout laws including the service of alcohol, when it was granted permission to host fans for the broadcast of the 3am All Blacks vs Argentina rugby union game.
The world is riding a technology wave and clubs, pubs and hotels can become overwhelmed by the abundance of choices that are now available. When presented with new technology, there are some basic questions to ask to get the ball rolling.
The hotel industry remains dominated by small owner-operators with limited resources, and compliance with the various regulatory and legislative requirements can be a burden on both time and productivity.
Working with AusComply and others, Erina pub Sunken Monkey has upgraded its venue to best-practise methodology, including ditching the paper-based register and creating a framework for staff and management. It is now off the violent venues list.