The Liquor Act 1992 (Liquor Act) requires licensees at certain licensed premises to commence the mandatory scanning of patron photo identification (ID) from 1 July 2017.
Section 173EH – Scanning obligations of licensees for regulated premises
(1) The licensee for regulated premises must ensure that, during the regulated hours for the premises, no person is allowed to enter the premises as a patron unless—
The Chief Executive generally agrees that persons who operate ID scanners are required to be licensed as a crowd controller. However, the Chief Executive has today released a policy that will exempt a person from the requirement to be licensed as a crowd controller to operate an ID scanner subject to the following conditions;
This is a big win for the crowd control industry, and to be honest common sense. Why would you put the hospitality industry in the front line to identify high risk patrons that have been previously banned from a locality due to violent and improper conduct?
The Chief Executive proposes to review this exemption within 12 months of the commencement of section 173EH of the Liquor Act i.e. from 1 July 2017.