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OLGR with Michael Sarquis OFFICE OF LIQUOR AND GAMING REGULATION UPDATE 2018 is now well underway and we are ready to face its many challenges and opportunities. Here at the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) we make every effort to deliver a first-class service to the liquor and gaming industry. We will continue to work with you to ensure your patrons, staff and the community can enjoy a safe and pleasant environment to relax and work in. 2017 ANNUAL LIQUOR LICENCE FEE STATS At OLGR we are encouraged to see that the majority of licensees are paying their annual liquor licence fees on time. Some licensees, however, are still not heeding the message − avoid serious repercussions to your business by paying your annual fees on time. Statistics from 2017-18 payment period show: • 8156 licence fee notices issued • 88.93% of licensees paid their fees before the due date • 886 licences were suspended for failure to pay the fee by the due date • 220 licences cancelled • 128 infringement notices issued to date for sale of liquor after licence suspension or cancellation. For information on penalties for late payment of liquor licence fees, go to www.business.qld.gov.au/ liquor-gaming. PROSECUTION – FORTITUDE VALLEY KARAOKE VENUE In late 2017, the company director/licensee of a Fortitude Valley karaoke venue paid a heavy price in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for non-compliance with the Liquor Act. Despite not appearing in court, the licensee was found guilty (with a conviction recorded) and fined $25,000 plus court costs. The licensee faced 19 charges for offences under the Liquor Act, including: • after-hours trading • breaches of Brisbane City Council conditions relating to CCTV security, and • failing to provide a safe environment, some of which related to drug use on the licensed premises. Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) investigators commenced an investigation in early 2017 after multiple warnings were issued to the licensee from OLGR and Queensland Police Service. The magistrate heard that the licensee displayed minimal cooperation with OLGR during the course of the investigation. She also heard the licensee was invited to respond to allegations through a formal show cause process, however, no response was provided. The magistrate stated that “it was important to deter those who might be like-minded when conducting business under a liquor licence from engaging in similar conduct and to reinforce the requirements and obligations upon those who are in the business of selling and supplying alcohol.” QHA REVIEW | 44

Michael Sarquis OLGR SEE YOU AT AHG EXPO 2018 The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will be at this year’s Keno Australasian Hospitality and Gaming (AHG) Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7-8 March. Our experienced and friendly senior licensing and compliance staff will be at stand 51 to answer questions you may have on the regulation of liquor and gaming in Queensland. This year, representatives from Gambling Help Services Queensland will also be on hand with us to talk to you about their services and how they can help your staff to identify signs of a problem gambler. The expo is a great opportunity for members of the gaming industry to meet face-to-face with other members and key stakeholders and check out the latest ideas, products, trends and directions for the gaming and hospitality industries. We look forward to seeing many of you there. For more information on the AHG Expo, expo week events or to register to attend the expo for FREE, visit www.ahgexpo.com. REMINDER ABOUT TRADING HOURS FOR EASTER Be sure to familiarise yourself with the guidelines for trading over the Easter holidays. Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) compliance officers will be out and about over this time and they wish to remind you that penalties can apply to licensees who breach the Liquor Act 1992. Alcohol service and gaming operations must cease at midnight on the eve of Good Friday (29 March). On Good Friday (30 March), you can sell or supply alcohol from 10am to midnight in conjunction with a meal - and patrons can purchase alcohol for up to one hour before their meal, while eating and for one hour after finishing their meal. Selling takeaway alcohol, providing gaming services or providing adult entertainment are not permitted on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday and Monday (1-2 April), you can trade at your usual approved trading hours. Easter time can also mean increased patronage at some licensed venues. Please remind your staff to be vigilant with checking ID. GET READY FOR 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES South east Queensland is just weeks away from welcoming many visitors from interstate and overseas for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Now’s the time for you and your staff to ensure you are well prepared to maintain your compliance obligations and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event. In particular, licensees of regulated venues in the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach safe night precincts should ensure they fully understand their obligations, especially those relating to ID scanning requirements. OLGR maintains plenty of online resources to assist you maintain your compliance. Go to www.business. qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming. QHA REVIEW | 45