With licensed venues still enduring the effects of COVID-19 and the recent floods, NSW Liquor & Gaming has extended the due date for the Annual liquor Licence Fee (ALLF). Notices were sent by email in mid-April and payment is due by 30 September.
It has also approved an 18-month extension to the fast-tracked approval process for temporary changes to liquor licence boundaries for outdoor dining on certain private and public land, allowing venues to continue to run temporary outdoor dining and encourage patrons to socially distance while in their venue.
It is also working to strengthen the workforce, addressing the gaps in staffing numbers and experience.
A Staff and Security Industry Roundtable was held on 30 June to generate ideas and solutions to address the growing concern about a lack of capable or available staff and security personnel.
CEO Hospitality and Racing, Mr Anthony Keon, hosted the half-day roundtable, which brought together high-level stakeholders including peak hospitality and security industry bodies, police, local government, training providers, large-scale and music festival event organisers.
Attendees shared issues and concerns they are experiencing in their own industry, and where support and attention could help. These suggestions are currently being reviewed and will be developed into a plan of action with practical solutions to support a safe and sustainable recovery of the hospitality industry.
A report will be released in the coming weeks.