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RETAILER FINED OVER
SALES TO MINOR
The licensee of a Sydney bottle
shop was fined $2000 for offences
relating to the sale of alcohol to
Ling Yun Qian, owner of
Marsfield Cellars (Liquor Stop),
pleaded guilty at Downing Centre
Local Court to four offences
following an investigation by
Liquor & Gaming NSW. In a Court
hearing, Qian was fined $1200 for
selling alcohol to the minor, $400
for selling alcohol without a current
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
certification, and $400 for “permit/
cause employee to sell alcohol
without RSA certification”.
Liquor & Gaming NSW’s director
of compliance operations, Sean Goodchild, said the case highlights the need for all licensees
and staff involved in the sale of alcohol to ask for age ID of any customers who appear under
the age of 25.
“The law couldn’t be any clearer. Selling alcohol to minors is illegal – no exceptions,”
“Any person who sells liquor to a minor can expect to face strict sanctions, including
criminal prosecution, and suspension or cancellation of their liquor licence.
“Liquor & Gaming NSW continues to conduct both overt and covert operations across the
State to ensure venues are complying with the law.”
Michael Waters, the executive director of the Liquor Stores Association NSW (LSA NSW),
agrees that any retailer caught breaking the law should be dealt with by regulators.
“As I have said before, if a licensee knowingly breaks the law, they should be dealt with
accordingly and the law enforced,” said Waters. “If they continue to do the wrong thing, they
do not deserve to be part of an industry where the vast majority of people operate responsibly
and well beyond the required standards of legal compliance.
Waters added: “To ensure the reputation of our members and the sector, LSA has developed
a broad range of industry self-regulatory initiatives, including ID-25, Don’t Buy It For Them,
Compliance Health Check, the ID Compliance Audit, as well as the Mystery Shopper Report
undertaken as part of our annual Awards Program – all designed to help members to not only
better understand their regulatory obligations, but to lead by example and demonstrate ‘best
practice retailing’. Liquor store owners, managers and staff can also access online RSA training
from our approved RTO partners via our website www.lsansw.com.au, with discounted rates
available for members.
“What LSA continues to advocate is the need for balance. The ‘sale of alcohol to a minor
on licensed premises’ offence carries very serious penalties and implications for licensees, yet
no increased penalty for minors who knowingly break the law by attempting to enter and
purchase alcohol before the legal age. Evidence consistently tells us that minors are far less
likely to purchase alcohol at licensed premises, and more likely to obtain it through parents,
friends or older siblings of legal purchasing age, so it’s clear this is where Government should
be deploying its regulatory effort.
“LSA and Government Regulators are becoming increasingly concerned with the number of
new liquor store owners entering the industry in recent years, with a seemingly poor level of
understanding or appreciation for their regulatory requirements and responsibilities under the
Liquor Act, or their industry association and the many ways we are able to assist them.”
Qian was also found guilty of failing to display a prescribed notice stating it is illegal to sell
alcohol to minors, although no conviction was recorded for this offence.
VOTING NOW OPEN
FOR ALIA 2016
Voting is now open for the 2016 Australian Liquor
Industry Awards (ALIA) and this is your opportunity
to recognise the best brands, products, people
and venues within the off-premise and on-premise
liquor and hospitality industry.
Once again this year’s night of nights for
Australia’s liquor industry, which is co-hosted
by IRI and the National Independent Liquor
Wholesalers Association (NILWA), will be held
at the Randwick Racecourse, when a total of 53
awards will be presented.
Voting is open to all those involved in Australia’s
liquor and hospitality industry, although votes for
your own products, companies or venues will not
be counted. To vote simply head to the Australian
Liquor Industry Awards website – liquorawards.
All members of the Australian liquor industry
are encouraged to vote for one or more awards
in the off-premise and on-premise awards
The theme for this year’s event is Austr-ALIA,
so there will be an Australian theme or cocktail
dress code for those attending. If you would like
to come to this year’s big event, you can also
purchase ALIA tickets on the website.
The voting is now open, closing on Friday
12 August 2016 and the finalists will then be
announced on Tuesday 23 August. These
finalists are then sent to a judging panel of
industry experts before the final auditing process
confirms the winners of all award categories. The
judging process and all the winners are audited
by Ernst & Young.
ALIA would like to thank IRI for its contribution
to the initial off-premise data through its
MarketEdge Liquor measurement, which
recognises the top performing products over the
12 months, ending 30 April 2016.
Start voting now online or using one of the
33,000 printed voting forms distributed within the
July and August editions of Australian Hotelier,
National Liquor News and b&c magazines.
Limited sponsorship opportunities are still
available. Contact Shane T Williams for more
information on (02) 8586 6205 or email
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