Security licence exemption for ID scanning

Mandatory ID scanning for most liquor licensed venues in safe night precincts commences on 1 July 2017.

As a general principle, anyone involved in screening the entry of a person into a place must be licensed as a crowd controller.

However, the Commissioner for Liquor, Gaming and Fair Trading recognises that some liquor licensees will have employees whose role is only to scan a patron’s ID, and not directly interact with the patron.

The Commissioner is able to enact certain exemptions from licensing requirements under the Security Providers Act 1993. The Commissioner has applied an exemption to allow some flexibility for liquor licensed venues that are required to scan IDs.

The exemption will be reviewed after 12 months.

The exemption

A person scanning an ID will not need to be licensed as a crowd controller only if all of the following conditions are met:

  • ID scanning is mandatory for the venue.
  • The person scanning ID is accompanied and directly supervised by a licensed crowd controller at all times while performing ID scanning.
  • A licensed crowd controller independently assesses both the ID and the patron, and appropriately screens the entry of the patron.
  • If the ID scan identifies a banned patron, only a licensed crowd controller may remove that person from on or around the premises.
  • In any physical interaction between a licensed crowd controller and a patron, a person merely scanning a patron’s ID must avoid all involvement.
  • The person scanning ID must be appropriately trained to operate the scanning system.

A practical example

When a patron wants to enter a venue, a crowd controller must still screen their entry. A host or hostess may perform the actual scanning of the patron’s ID into the ID scanner, but must have no further role.

The crowd controller will:

  1. Request ID from the patron.
  2. Visually assess the authenticity and currency of the ID.
  3. Ensure the photo on the ID matches the patron.
  4. Hand the ID to the person operating the ID scanner.
  5. Ensure the patron conforms to the venue’s admission criteria (they aren’t unduly intoxicated, disruptive, or inappropriately attired or presented).
  6. Receive the ID back from the person operating the scanner, along with a ‘clean’ or ‘banned’ result from the scan.
  7. Refuse entry to the banned or otherwise unsuitable person in a firm, polite, non-confrontational and professional way.
  8. Manage any direct interaction with patrons.

The person operating the ID scanner will only:

  1. Receive the ID from the crowd controller.
  2. Scan the ID using the ID scanner, to ensure the patron is not banned.
  3. Return the ID to the crowd controller.