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NSW’s alcohol delivery reform consultation underway

The NSW government is seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders on “nation-leading” reforms for regulating alcohol delivery services.

NSW Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris says everyone with an interest in the issue is invited to comment on the effectiveness of laws that have reduced risks of minors or intoxicated people accessing alcohol through delivery services.

“These changes were an Australian first with fit-for-purpose measures for the range of alcohol delivery models that have emerged – particularly same-day and express services,” he says.

“Liquor and Gaming NSW has released a discussion paper for community input and will consider all feedback to determine if any improvements or changes are needed.”

Mr Harris says the online alcohol delivery sector continues to expand and as new technology emerges, it’s vital that key stakeholders and the community are consulted to ensure the regulatory framework remains relevant.

“Alcohol delivery services are a part of the gig economy, so it’s important that the safe and responsible service of alcohol is top of mind for delivery providers in this growing market,” he says.

“The review seeks feedback on whether the laws governing alcohol delivery remain appropriate as well as emerging trends and technologies, the use of direct and social media marketing and collection of consumer data.”

The reforms which began in July 2021 covered all alcohol delivery services with a focus on same-day and express delivery with measures including:

  • Age verification at the point of sale and on delivery
  • Only the named adult can accept a delivery with identity verification required
  • No financial penalties for drivers who refuse delivery to intoxicated or unverified customers
  • Mandatory Responsible Supply of Alcohol (RSA) training for same-day alcohol delivery drivers
  • Online self-exclusion options for customers
  • No delivery to public areas where alcohol consumption is banned

This second stage of the review will complement the first stage which focused on age and identity verifications for alcohol delivery and the RSA course. The discussion paper outlines how stakeholders and the community can provide feedback through an online survey or by providing a written submission.

Find out more about the alcohol delivery reforms consultation launch here. Consultation runs until 28 August.

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