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Liquor licensing red-tape cuts a 'sensible' reform for Qld tourism

03 September, 2013

The accommodation industry is set to benefit from further cuts in red tape to the liquor licensing regime in Queensland which have been announced by the Newman government.

Speaking on behalf of the industry, the Accommodation Association of Australia said the reforms – which include removing the requirement for tour operators who only serve small amounts of alcohol to have a liquor licence, removing the requirement for licensees to keep a training register for responsible service of alcohol and allowing licensees to pay their fees in instalments should they suffer financial hardship - will boost tourism.

"These are sensible reforms and are another example of Premier Newman and his government cutting a swathe through unnecessary red tape in Queensland," said the chief executive officer of the association, Richard Munro.

"Too often, small businesses in the tourism industry lose valuable time and money on things like liquor licensing when this would be better spent on providing domestic and international visitors to Queensland with a warmer welcome and a superior holiday experience."

Munro said in light of these decisions, the accommodation industry has commenced a process of determining if there are other regulatory burdens in Queensland which should be abolished.

"Through its strong track record in this area, the Newman government has proved that it wants to ensure that Queensland is well and truly open for business," Munro said.

"With its status as one of the most important industries to the Queensland economy, tourism is seeing the benefits of the changes that the state government has made.

"It sets a fine example for other governments across Australia to follow."

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Ian McLennan | Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 8:31 AM
Our establishment has held a commercial hotel liquor licence since 2009. We have changed our business to cater for in-house guests only and wish to down grade the licence to a Commercial Other - subsidiary on premises. This has proved to be very difficult and costly. We would like to see an easier method of down grading a licence. Seeing we meet all the criteria for a commercial licence why is it necessary to start again and pay an extra $1000 plus when we have just paid over $3000 for the current licence. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
HospitalityHub Editor - Kalon | Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 9:33 AM
Ian, have you discussed this issue with the Accommodation Association of Australia? I would expect they are able to provide some insight and perhaps suggest the best course of action. AAA Tel: 02 8666 9015 Email: Best of luck with an easier licence downgrade. We would be interested to hear how this develops.