cutting the red tape in the clubs industry

Life is about to get a little bit easier for the hospitality industry, the Liquor and Gaming Regulations (Red Tape Reduction) and other Legislation Amendments Bill 2013 that was passed in June will come into full effect from 1 January 2014. These changes will cut much of the red tape for licensed venues allowing businesses to focus more on running their business and less on unnecessary paperwork.

Some of the biggest amendments are:

• The abolishment of the Approved Managers Register
• Scrapping the requirement to advertise new applications in newspapers and government gazettes
• Reducing paperwork for low risk venues
• Getting rid of the requirement to renew gaming machine licenses and
• Getting rid of the requirement to renew training for RSA and RSG certificate holders

Described by the bill as “simply an unnecessary administrative burden and duplication of existing employment records kept by licensees” the Approved Managers Register no longer exists, which will cut down the time businesses spend on administrative matters.

By scrapping the requirement to advertise new applications the bill is directly saving businesses money; at the moment this can cost up to $1,500 on some applications. The reduction in paperwork for low risk venues will help restaurants and cafes who are applying for liquor licenses. This means they won’t require a risk-assessment management plan providing they are not open past midnight, hold an adult entertainment permit, not in a restricted area and do not impact the surrounding area. These measures will help businesses save money and will make it easier for them to grow.

Clubs and hotels will no longer be required to renew their gaming machine licenses or seek the Commissioner’s permission to acquire or replace gaming machines. This will reduce time and money businesses need to spend renewing licenses and allow them to function more naturally when equipment is broken and needs replacing.

Another great time and cost saving measure that has come out of the bill is that staff who hold RSA and RSG certificates will no longer need to renew their training when they renew their certificates.

The overall benefit of these amendments will be that businesses and staff will save time and money spent updating their existing licenses, keeping up to date with unnecessary registers and will, in general make it easier for businesses to function in a more practical way.

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