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SA Government releases final response to review of Late Night Trading Code of Practice

THE South Australia Government has released its final response to a comprehensive review of the Late Night Trading Code of Practice, which will see several existing safety measures introduced at an earlier hour, however the current 3am lockout remains.

In a statement last week, Acting Premier John Rau said the changes would strengthen the code and further increase public safety by promoting a safer drinking culture.

Adelaide Festival Centre
Above: Adelaide Festival Centre at night with River Torrens in the foreground / by Keir Gravil.

"The recent review of the Late Night Code highlighted a significant drop in alcohol related offences and anti-social behaviour in the Adelaide area. "This is a trend we wish to see continued while maintaining the vibrancy of our city," Mr Rau said.

"The changes mostly affect licensees who will be required to implement safety measures that already exist under the Code, but at a slightly earlier hour.

"These changes will be enforced from 1 February next year and Consumer and Business Services will be working with licensed venues over the coming months to make sure they understand and are prepared for the new requirements."

Mr Rau said the Government was also undertaking a review of the Liquor Licensing Act.

"I recently announced that the Honourable Timothy Anderson QC has been appointed to conduct an independent review of our current liquor laws, to identify areas for improvement," he said

"Mr Anderson will be speaking with industry and the community in the new year and I strongly encourage people to provide their views by responding to the Liquor Licensing Discussion Paper."

More information is available from theĀ Attorney-General's Department website at <http://www.agd.sa.gov.au/initiatives/liquor-licensing-discussion-paper>. Submissions can be made until 29 January 2016.

Photo: Adelaide Festival Centre at night with River Torrens in the foreground / Keir Gravil / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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