Monday, October 25, 2021

24-hour economy reforms approved by NSW upper house

Sydney’s night time economy will be kick started and re-energised post COVID-19 and beyond, thanks to new 24-hour economy laws passing NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council last night.

Key changes in the Liquor Amendment (24-hour Economy) Bill 2020 include:

·       A new incentives and sanctions system with ongoing fee discounts for licensed venues that maintain a clear record;

·       Removal of outdated live music restrictions;

·       Allow small bars to offer more family friendly services to customers, by permitting minors in certain circumstances;

·       Reducing red tape by aligning liquor licensing and planning processes; and

·       Enhancing same day alcohol delivery regulations.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the news laws will create a vibrant and safe 24-hour economy, with risk-based liquor laws that support business.

“The new laws will boost the state’s night time economy by removing outdated laws, simplifying licensing processes and creating a new incentives and sanctions system that rewards licence holders with a clear record,” Mr Dominello said.

“The economy doesn’t go to sleep after dark and we need laws that cater for a 21st century economy. The hospitality sector has been brought to its knees this year and the new laws will give the sector greater certainty and flexibility.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the laws would breathe new life into the economy.

 “This is great news and a double win for the community. The changes will empower businesses to thrive and grow, and provide customers with more choice,” Mr Ayres said.

 “The changes follow on from the Government’s response to NSW Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s night time economy.”

 The new laws are expected to take effect from 1 December 2020 and complement recent changes to outdoor dining regulations, which make it easier for businesses to offer alfresco dining.

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