The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is calling for feedback on a new draft regulatory framework for online liquor sales and delivery.
In a statement, the Department said online sales and delivery of food and beverage, including alcohol, had rapidly increased in recent years, with research identifying potential risks, especially around minors and unduly intoxicated people accessing liquor.
“That’s why we are developing a regulatory framework for online liquor sales and delivery,” the Department said.
“Following targeted industry stakeholder consultation, we’re now asking the public to provide feedback and inform the development of regulations for online liquor sales and delivery,” it said.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Shannon Fentiman said that since the pandemic there had been a rapid increase in online sales and delivery of food and beverage, including alcohol.
“Our current liquor legislation predominantly regulates physical licensed premises; it isn’t designed to regulate online sales and delivery,” Ms Fentiman said.
“That’s why we’re committing to develop a modernised framework to regulate online liquor sales and delivery,” she said.
“This is about minimising potential harm and violence, while also recognising how online liquor sales can offer many customers a more convenient option. I would encourage everyone to go online and have their say.”
An online survey is open to the public until 23 June.
The 10-page consultation paper can be accessed at this PS News link.