Recent changes to liquor and gaming laws will make it easier for community groups to hold fundraising and community events without the need to obtain liquor permits.
More than 20 amendments have been made that will reduce liquor and gaming red tape under the Liquor and Gaming (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013.
From 1 July this year, community groups such as P&Cs and Rotary Clubs will be able to serve drinks without needing a Community Liquor Permit.
These common sense amendments mean community groups now have the freedom to enjoy a drink responsibly without the hassle of filling out huge forms and paying fees.
The amendments will also:
- Scrap expensive risk-assessed management plans and community impact statements for low risk venues that apply for liquor licences, as long as they meet certain criteria.
- Save businesses from laborious application forms and unnecessary costs that run into the thousands.
- Bring regulations affecting nursing homes and hospitals into line with retirement villages by allowing the sale of small amounts of alcohol to patients and visitors without requiring a licence.
- Streamline the licence application process for low risk venues such as restaurants and cafes.
For more information on this, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au/aboutUs/ourLawsAndPolicies/legislation/new-legis-affecting-liquor-gaming.shtml.