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​Kings Cross ID scanner tender awarded

Thursday 8 May, 2014     [PDF, 58kb]

The NSW Government has selected a successful tenderer for the supply and operation of ID scanners at up to 35 high risk licensed venues at Kings Cross.

A Sydney company, Group Security Solutions (GSS) of Mortdale, will partner with the leading North American supplier of ID scanners, Servall Data Systems, to implement and operate the system.

An independent evaluation panel has completed its deliberations and recommended Group Security Solutions in partnership with Servall Data Systems as the preferred operator of the Kings Cross Precinct ID scanner system.

The successful tenderer has passed probity checks and been approved by the Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment and the Police Commissioner allowing for implementation of ID scanners to occur in June this year.

Group Security Solutions will be using Servall’s ‘PatronScan’ system which is the largest ID scanning network in North America, has been in use for over 10 years, and was developed in consultation with the Office of the Alberta Privacy Commissioner.

This system has been assessed and is considered highly suitable for use in the Kings Cross Precinct and will be operated to strict privacy requirements.

The system will scan photo IDs and capture the name, date of birth, address and photograph from the document of those patrons entering high risk premises during the required times. Importantly, this information will not be accessible by venue staff and will only be used by Police to investigate alleged offences and enforce banning orders.

The ID scanners will be linked to a central system and will alert venue staff and police if a patron attempts to enter any high risk premises while having a temporary or long-term banning order in place.

Banned patrons face fines of up to $5,500 for entering, or attempting to enter, a high risk venue during the course of their ban.

For each high risk venue, photo identification of all patrons must be scanned when required or patrons must be refused entry if they are unable or unwilling to produce a photo ID upon request.

Strict privacy safeguards will apply to use of the ID scanning system including the secure holding of encrypted data by the operator, full compliance with Commonwealth Privacy Act requirements, and a ban on any data being transferred outside Australia or New Zealand.

High risk venues will be required to implement privacy management plans as a condition of their licence and comply with Commonwealth Privacy Act requirements.

Breach of a liquor licence condition by a licensee may incur a strike under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme and can attract maximum penalties of up to $11,000 or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

High risk venues failing to operate their ID scanners as required risk prosecution for any breach, strikes under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme, and further regulatory intervention by the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing including statutory directions and complaint action with serious consequences including potential loss of licence.

Licensees and their staff operating ID scanners are required to complete a privacy training course focusing on provisions in the legislation as well as federal privacy requirements.

Penalties of up to $5,500 (licensees) and $2,200 (staff) will apply if a person operates an ID scanner without first completing approved privacy training.

Police and the Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment will be able to apply to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority to have a staff member’s competency card suspended or revoked if they breach privacy requirements.

The ID scanner system will undergo a review after a 12 month trial.

N.B: The 35 Kings Cross venues which have been identified as high-risk are: Bada Bing Night Spot, Beach Haus, Barrio Chino, Candy's Nightclub, Crane Bar
Restaurant Pty Ltd, Dancers Cabaret, Disco Nightclub Pty Ltd, DreamGirls, First Empire Hotel, New Hampton Pty Ltd, Hugo's Lounge, Iguana Bar & Restaurant, Luna Nightclub, Mansions Hotel, Moulin Rouge, O Nightclub, O'Malleys Hotel, Piccadilly Hotel, Sapphire Lounge, Showgirls, Sugar Mill Hotel, Suite 17, The Backroom, The Bank Hotel Sydney, The Bourbon, The Crest Hotel, the Kings Cross Hotel, The Lincoln Bar, The Palladium Restaurant, The Village Potts Point Pty Ltd, The World Bar, the Trademark Hotel, the Tunnel Nightclub, the Vegas Hotel, and Vintage Nightclub.