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A safe night out

New initiatives are being rolled out to restore responsible behaviour and respect, stamp out alcohol and drug-related violence and ensure Queensland’s nightlife is safe for all.

The Safe Night Out Strategy is a comprehensive action plan based on extensive community consultation that includes:

  • Stronger penalties— introduce new penalties and compulsory counselling to make it clear bad behaviour won’t be tolerated.
  • Targeted policing— increase policing powers and provide safe and supportive places through Safe Night Precincts, ‘sober safe’ centres and more.
  • Better prevention—enhance the liquor licensing regime, raise awareness of clear standards of behaviour, and educate young Queenslanders (grades 7-12) to promote responsible behaviour.
  • This comprehensive approach to deal with alcohol and drug-related violence recognises that everyone has a role to play, and is about patrons, venues, communities and the Government coming together to create a safe, vibrant culture for Queensland’s nightlife.

    We're red carding anti-social behaviour

    There’s no place for anti-social behaviour in a safe night out. If you can’t play nice, you’re out of the game. 

    Stronger penalties

    New laws and penalties will ensure police have the powers and resources to respond quickly and effectively to alcohol and drug-related violence and antisocial behaviour where needed. Banning orders, increased fines and penalties will deter potential offenders, and compulsory counselling and community service will help address the behaviours that contribute to the violence.

    Those who commit serious offences will face stronger penalties, with increased jail time, life-time bans and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for coward punch offenders who cause death. 

    For more information on stronger prevention, more policing and harsher penalties, read the full Safe Night Out Strategy or the Safe Night Out Frequently Asked Questions.

    Targeted policing

    Increased police powers and targeted policing will ensure police can respond quickly and effectively to alcohol and drug-related violence and antisocial behaviour where needed.

    The establishment of Safe Night Precincts will see the safe and effective local management of key entertainment precincts across the state, addressing issues including transport, lighting, public facilities and CCTV.

    Changes to help strengthen liquor licensing laws and support the new laws, like networkable ID scanners, will help police to be effective in their duties. Enhanced enforcement of liquor licensing laws and improved compliance will further support this.

    Initiatives like secure taxi ranks, increased public transport, ‘sober safe’ centres and other sobering up services will also help prevent alcohol and drug-related violence.

    Better prevention

    For students in years 7-12, we’ll make available an age-appropriate education program that addresses the culture, attitudes and social expectations surrounding alcohol consumption, as well as the risks of binge drinking, illicit drug use and alcohol and drug-related violence.

    We’ll deliver a community awareness campaign that will establish clear standards of behaviour for patrons, licensees and police when alcohol is consumed in public. It will also ensure everyone understands the expected behaviours and the actions that can be taken by licensees and police.

    Last updated
    24 October 2014

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