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​No evidence licensed venues are under-reporting violence

Issued: Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Attorney General Brad Hazzard has welcomed a new report that shows the NSW Government's tougher stance against alcohol-related harm isn't deterring licensed venues from reporting violence.

"Speculation that licensed venues would try to sweep incidents under the carpet to avoid regulatory action such as a strike under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme has proven unfounded," said Mr Hazzard.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) study released today showed virtually no change in the proportion of incidents reported by licensed venues from January 2012 to December 2013.

Violence at licensed venues has fallen by more than 27 per cent in Kings Cross and been stable across the rest of the state over the past two years.

"The Liberal & Nationals Government has maintained a strong focus on reducing alcohol-related harm including the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme in January 2012, targeting high-risk violent venues and intoxicated and disorderly behaviour, and crackdowns on irresponsible liquor promotions," Mr Hazzard said.

"Since mid-2012 the Government has been cleaning up hotspots such as Kings Cross and, more recently, the Sydney CBD including through a number of ways including special conditions, targeted compliance monitoring and 1.30am lockouts." 

Venues incurring strikes are effectively on notice for three years with the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) increasing compliance monitoring and imposing extra conditions where needed.

"The Liberal & Nationals Government has made big inroads curbing grog-fuelled violence on our streets and the community is safer for it," Mr Hazzard said.

A register of strikes is at www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/liquor_3_strikes_register.asp