News and announcements

ACT Liquor Reform

On 23 March 2017, Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay introduced the Liquor Amendment Bill to the Legislative Assembly. The Bill is expected to be debated in the Legislative Assembly during the May 2017 sitting period.

The reforms aim to improve the vibrancy of Canberra’s nightlife precincts, remove unnecessary regulation for the liquor and hospitality industry, and reduce alcohol related harm.

The Bill’s reforms aimed at removing unnecessary regulatory burden on licensees and encouraging vibrancy and diversity in the ACT’s nightlife, include:

  • allowing up to six extended trading authorisations each year for licensees to trade beyond their standard hours for special events;
  • recognition of interstate responsible service of alcohol qualifications;
  • removal of unnecessary regulatory requirements for low risk licence types;
  • perpetual liquor licences; and
  • removal of unnecessary signage requirements.

An improved fees structure will also be introduced. This will recognise the importance of small and low risk businesses. Venues…

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Learn to Ride Cycle Training Facility in Tuggeranong

The Learn to Ride cycle training facility in Tuggeranong is now open for young cyclists to practice their riding skills and learn about road safety.

Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Shane Rattenbury,…

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Call for Expressions of Interest for appointment as Member of the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission Governing Board

The Attorney-General, Mr Gordon Ramsay MLA, seeks expressions of interest from qualified people for appointment as an ordinary member of the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission Governing Board to fill the following vacancy:

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Inquiry into the Treatment in Custody of Detainee Steven Freeman

The Government has released its response to the Independent Inquiry into the Treatment in Custody of Detainee Steven Freeman.

Independent Reviewer, Mr Philip Moss AM, provided the inquiry report to the Minister for Corrections Shane…

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Evaluation of ACT Extended Throughcare Pilot Program

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury has released an evaluation report into the ACT Extended Throughcare Pilot Program. The program provides post-release support for eligible detainees leaving the Alexander Maconochie Centre to assist their successful reintegration…

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