Strengthening SA’s liquor licensing laws

Measures that aim to deliver a stronger, simpler, and more effective liquor licensing regime have been introduced to Parliament.

The proposed changes would strengthen barring orders and the regulation of same-day alcohol delivery while also boosting the transparency of licence applications.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said the measures will help both the hospitality sector and the broader community.

“These changes aim to strike a balance between protecting the community from alcohol-related harm and increasing transparency for liquor licence applicants,” Attorney-General Chapman said.

“The changes would strengthen current laws and better regulate the sale of take-away and delivery of alcohol in South Australia,” she said.

The new measures would affect:

Same-day delivery alcohol

New laws have been introduced allowing certain licence categories to sell a limited amount of alcohol for takeaway or delivery with meals – making permanent a temporary measure that has proven successful during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To ensure the delivery of alcohol under this scheme is better regulated, these proposed laws would make it an offence to deliver alcohol to a minor or intoxicated person and would require those delivering same-day alcohol orders to be appropriately trained.

Barring Orders

The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner will be able to bar someone from a venue, an area of the premises, or a group of venues, at the request of the individual or a third party. This is consistent with laws regulating gambling venues.

Additionally, the Commissioner will be able to bar someone from purchasing takeaway alcohol in specific regions to tackle alcohol-related harm.

Licence Applications

The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner would have the discretion to publish certain documents online relating to a liquor licensing application, increasing transparency, and removing the requirement for people to view the documents in person only.