Dr Anthony Lynham


New liquor laws start 1 July

27 June 2016 –

I’m very proud to be part of a government that is taking a stand against violence in our community. This is an issue I am extremely passionate about and it’s the reason I entered politics.

Tackling alcohol-fuelled violence.
Our changes to liquor licencing laws come into effect from 1 July 2016. The new laws will help reduce assaults and help people feel safe when they go out at night.

The evidence supporting our changes is clear.

In Newcastle, similar laws resulted in a 45% increase in the number of licensed venues around the CBD. Research also found:

  • People pre-loaded less, went out earlier, and spent more money in licensed venues
  • For each hour of reduce alcohol trade, assaults decreased by 22%; and
  • In the 18 months after the laws were introduced, assaults between 3am and 6am fell by 67%.

From 1 July 2016, liquor service hours will be reduced to 2am state-wide, except in safe night precincts where alcohol can be served until 3am. The sale or service of rapid intoxication drinks will also be limited after midnight.

These changes will help reduce assaults, will encourage people to go out and feel safe, and reduce the strain on our police, ambulance services, and emergency rooms.