Qld’s ‘confusing’ 3am last-drinks laws still hit the spot, review finds


“Look from I suppose a legislation enforcement overview we’re seeing enhancements within the house … and we’re seeing that additionally that throughout the house kind of factor getting individuals out of town and or funnelled out of venues faster has diminished alcohol-fuelled violence,” a police consultant advised the researchers.


Not all stakeholders reported advantages, and the researchers acknowledged many anecdotal experiences together with media tales from venues which claimed that they had been pushed out of enterprise by the legislation modifications.

Nonetheless, they stated in lots of instances that didn’t look like the total image, and lots of companies which closed citing the legal guidelines as the explanation Usually had different underlying points which contributed to their closure.

“It’s inevitable {that a} 3am cessation of drinks will have an effect on some venues and key informants greater than others and this may increasingly clarify any disparity in informant perceptions,” the researchers stated.

Some stakeholders stated the rollout had been finally for the nice, however questioned the way in which it was rolled out.

“Individuals would come out and never know what was happening,” one licensee advised the researchers.


“There have been no TV adverts … had they run an election-style marketing campaign and put it on an advert within the Channel 9 information, and purchased billboards on the footy, and stuff like that, then I believe it will have run much more easily.”

The survey of stakeholders was a part of a broader ongoing evaluate of the state’s lockout and final drinks legal guidelines which have been launched and amended by the Palaszczuk Authorities during the last a number of years.

The array of legal guidelines have been first handed in 2016 in response to the demise of 18-year-old Cole Miller in a coward punch assault in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

The measures included the 3am final drinks rule in addition to necessary ID scanning in venues inside celebration precincts.

Measures to introduce a 1am lockout have been finally rolled again after pushback from stakeholders and the state opposition.

Because the legal guidelines presently stand, individuals eager to exit in town in Queensland can order drinks till 3am, and may enter and stay in venues till 5am with out buying alcohol if the venues select to remain open.

The state authorities launched its response to a full evaluate of the legal guidelines in Might this yr, which confirmed a 49 per cent drop within the variety of critical assaults between 3am and 6am on Friday and Saturday nights throughout Queensland, in addition to a 52 per cent discount in these assaults in Fortitude Valley particularly.

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