Government continues red tape reduction for hospitality sector

We recognise that the sector is evolving - and the removal of these historic constraints on the service of alcohol will let venues provide the sort of service Canberrans are seeking.

The ACT Government’s red tape reduction has taken another step forward with new laws to allow venues to establish outdoor bars.

 

This is great news for Canberra’s hospitality industry. The ACT Government recognises that the sector is evolving– and the removal of these historic constraints on the service of alcohol will let venues provide the sort of service Canberrans are seeking.  

 

This is the type of outcome the Government was hoping to achieve when we established Access Canberra. By interacting with small to medium businesses across the territory – the Government can identify regulatory constraints that can be removed to allow businesses to thrive.

 

These new laws will allow venues with approvals for patrons to drink alcohol in outdoor dining areas to serve alcohol from a bar set up in the outdoor dining area. Deputy Chief Minister and ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell said that currently, the Liquor Regulation 2010 prohibits outdoor dining areas at licensed premises having a bar. 

 

“The prohibition exists for historic reasons which are no longer relevant in today’s society, and is an unnecessary constraint on business and customer service,” Mr Corbell said. 

 

This reform is an example of the ACT Government’s commitment to an ongoing program of reforms to reduce regulatory burdens for business.

 

Information to assist businesses seeking to establish a new outdoor bar, including easy-to-follow advice on what approvals may be required, is contained in A Guide for Outdoor Bars available on the Access Canberra website www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au