Christopher Chan

Booze red tape slashed for school, community fundraisers

QUEENSLAND schools and community groups will no longer require liquor permits for fundraising events under new laws to be introduced into Parliament this week.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the move was part of the Newman Government's commitment to reduce red tape and make life easier for community groups and industry.

"Social events are often held to raise money and schools and community groups shouldn't have to incur the cost of applying for the licences and go through all the paperwork," Mr Bleijie said.

"Many of these regulations and requirements are unnecessary and cause headaches for groups planning an event.

"Trivia nights and fetes are currently required to apply for a community liquor permit, have a person with a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate and, in some instances, employ security guards.

"This creates additional costs and paperwork when these low-risk events are essentially a group of mums and dads getting together trying to raise money for their school P&C.

"When I speak to everyday Queenslanders about liquor law regulation, I am continually asked to simplify processes and take a common sense approach.

"It is important to maintain accountability in the interest of the community, but I think it is also important to look at where processes can be simplified in relation to small events."

Mr Bleijie said the proposed changes would also mean nursing homes and hospitals are exempt from holding liquor licences to serve two standard drinks per guest.

"On average hospitals and nursing homes serve small amounts of alcohol and the requirement to hold a licence created more paperwork for the venues and the department," he said.

"Again, these are low risk venues that should not be hampered with additional costs and paperwork when the amount of alcohol they are selling is so small.

"The Newman Government has committed to slashing red tape by 20 per cent and getting the state's economy going again."

Should licensing restrictions be eased for school fetes and fundraisers?

This poll ended on 24 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes. There's too much red tape


No. There should be tight controls over alcohol use


We shouldn't have alcohol at school events


I don't know. I need another drink before I answer


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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