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Put safety first this Australia Day

Riverbend photo daytime Yarra

Australia Day is a day of celebration. However, 26 January is also one of the highest risk days of the year when it comes to alcohol related incidents.

This year Australia Day falls on a Friday meaning many will take advantage of the long weekend and head out to enjoy the day and night.

Any venue wishing to trade outside their licence conditions must obtain appropriate approval.

Licensees are reminded to:

  • prepare for larger than normal crowds.
  • ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities and responsible service of alcohol (RSA) requirements.
  • practice responsible advertising and promotion of your Australia Day event.

Given it is still the school holiday period, licensees are also reminded to be extra vigilant with minors trying to purchase alcohol or enter licensed premises. 

There are voluntary precautionary measures that can be taken to keep patrons, staff and the community safe this Australia Day. Some measures include:

  • replacing glass with plastic.

  • have water stations set up and easily accessible to patrons. limiting service to one drink per person, no shots, no doubles.

  • ticketing events to ensure patron capacity is adhered to.

  • hire more crowd controllers than required on your licence.

  • designate a staff member as an RSA officer to monitor patrons.

A large number of VCGLR inspectors will be out visiting venues in the City of Melbourne and inner suburbs on Australia Day with a strong focus on minors on premises, intoxicated patrons, RSA, patron capacity and adherence to licence conditions.

Licensees that breach liquor laws can face a range of penalties.

Information on Underage patrons on licensed premises and the VCGLR's intoxication guidelines are helpful for you and your staff to be prepared this Australia Day.

Article last modified 
17 May 2018