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Liquor Regulation 2018 comes into effect from 1 September

The Liquor Regulation 2008 expires on 1 September 2018 and will be replaced by the Liquor Regulation 2018.
The 2018 Regulation is available from the NSW Legislation website.
Like the 2008 Regulation, the 2018 Regulation prescribes matters necessary for the effective operation of the Liquor Act 2007. It also introduces key changes detailed below, which will support responsible industry development while continuing to prioritise harm minimisation.
The key changes coming into effect from 1 September 2018 are:
  • A new Tiered Industry Training Framework (TITF) to build on existing Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training and enhance industry training standards
  • A 12-month trial of a tailored licensing option for micro-breweries and small distilleries in Sydney’s Inner West
  • No-cost conversions to small bar licences for eligible on-premises and hotel (general bar) licences for 12 months
  • New licensing arrangements and fees for large-scale commercial public events with over 2000 people
  • More efficient online licensing so standard restaurants and cafés can begin trading sooner
  • New risk-based notification arrangements for licensed caterers
  • Changes to Kings Cross precinct special licence conditions
  • Changes for on-premises restaurant licence holders with a Primary Service Authorisation (PSA)
  • Changes to venue incident register reporting requirements
  • New RSA training requirements for ‘RSA Marshals’ across NSW
  • Fee changes to support cost recovery and better reflect regulatory effort
Liquor & Gaming NSW went through a public consultation process to finalise the Liquor Regulation 2018. This consultation process included inviting public submissions on the Regulatory Impact Statement and an initial draft of the 2018 Regulation. Liquor & Gaming NSW also met with a range of stakeholders.
Several changes were made to the 2018 Regulation following this consultation process. The most significant difference is that the proposed changes to Community Impact Statement (CIS) and advertising requirements for licence applications will be further refined before related amendments are made to the Regulation.
2018-08-31T13:20:05+10:00August 31st, 2018|

MEMO 12/2017

The NSW Government has announced that a Container Deposit Scheme will commence from 1 December 2017 in NSW. Similar schemes already operate in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The scheme, “Return and Earn” will result in a range of beverage containers made of recyclable material including aluminium cans, bottles and PET, (but not including wine and straight spirits in bottles) able to be redeemed for a 10 cent refund at one of over 500 collection points across NSW from 1 December 2017.

Collection Points will include large scale recycling centres, automated recycling points as well as smaller cashless Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) that will provide redemption through Electronic Funds Transfer, charity donation or a voucher. Whilst the collection point locations are as yet unknown, a number of RVMs will be situated at Woolworths and ALDI supermarkets.

To float the scheme, the container price to you from your suppliers will rise from 1 November 2017, with prices rising somewhere between 11 and 15 cents per unit. This costs comprises not only the container deposit, but also an additional administration fee that is not redeemable.

Should you increase your costs in line with the increase (recommended), AHA NSW have developed point of sale posters for both on premises and takeaway sales advising your patrons that the price rise is due to the NSW Government’s scheme. Copies of these are contained in this month’s Hotel News magazine, along with information on the scheme. Should you require, PDF copies of the posters for you own printing can be downloaded by clicking here

Further information on the scheme can be obtained by clicking on the following link.

Should you require further information, please contact AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing John Green by email at or phone 02 92816922.

Yours faithfully,
Chief Executive Officer

2018-06-14T12:28:53+10:00June 14th, 2018|