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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Licensed venues and accommodation providers focus for Schoolies

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Licensed venues and accommodation providers focus for Schoolies

    The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring school leavers remain safe during the upcoming Schoolies festivities across Queensland.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) would carry out integrated compliance operations during celebrations to ensure the safety of school leavers celebrating and the wider community.

    “It’s great that young people from Queensland and interstate have this opportunity to celebrate the end of their schooling, and this government is determined to ensure they can do so in a safe environment,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “During Schoolies Week, OLGR compliance officers and the Queensland Police Service will conduct compliance checks at licensed venues and monitor public areas at Schoolies hot-spots across the state.

    “Officers will be ensuring venues are complying with Responsible Service of Alcohol practices. They will also ensure minors are not being supplied with alcohol, nor possessing alcohol in public places. Fake IDs will also be targeted.”

    At Schoolies last year, 389 fines were issued to minors for being in possession of alcohol in a public place, 432 adults were fined for consuming alcohol in a public place and 60 minors were fined for falsely representing themselves as being over 18 years old.

    “If individuals are found to have committed an offence, they can receive an on-the-spot fine of $365 or face court for penalties of up to $9750,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government encourages parents and schoolies to understand their consumer rights and responsibilities before signing any contracts and heading off on their well-deserved break.

    “While most school leavers will have booked accommodation months ago, now is the time to read over any terms and conditions, particularly house rules, to ensure you’re prepared when you arrive.”

    Mrs D’Ath said accommodation and service providers had an obligation to honour any promises made at the time of booking and could not short change school leavers by applying different house rules to those applied to other guests.

    “During the celebrations, OFT inspectors will be conducting unannounced spot checks on accommodation providers, security officers and crowd controllers in designated Schoolies precincts,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    In the seven-day Schoolies period in 2015, the OFT performed more than 100 compliance checks, including high rise complexes and entertainment venues, and nearly 300 checks of security providers and crowd controllers. The compliance rate was 95.5 per cent.

    Information and advice for consumers, accommodation providers and security providers can be found on the OFT website at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).

    Further information from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation can be found at www.business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming.

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