Annual Report 2012/2013 Northern Territory Licensing Commission
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LICENSING COMMISSION 2012-13 ANNUAL REPORT Chairmans Message The trend towards increased liquor Licensee compliance with licence conditions and the Liquor Act has resulted in no complaints being referred to the Licensing Commission for alleged breaches in 2012-13. Over the past 3 years the number of complaints referred to the Commission for Hearing has declined from 29 in 2010-11, 13 in 2011-12 and nil in this reporting year. Complaints are usually referred to the Commission by the Director of Licensing or NT Police. Permanent liquor licences on issue in the year total 590, comprised of 493 hotel, tavern, club, restaurant and store takeaway licences and 97 Special Continuing Licences, being generally held by social clubs for trading under 30 hours per week. Another 330 Special Licences were issued in the year, largely for events and fund raising functions. Liquor Permit systems in declared Restricted Areas continue to be a major and effective means of controlling alcohol abuse. Groote Eylandt, Gove and a number of communities and areas largely in the Top End employ a permit system as an alcohol management tool. Over 9,000 permits were in effect in the reporting year. Since the Federal Intervention ban on the commercial import of kava and the resultant dismantling of the NT kava management system, there have been ongoing attempts to unlawfully trade in the banned substance, predominantly in Top End coastal communities. During the year 29 orders for kava destruction were granted for over 2,100 kilos (over 2 tonnes) of kava and 12 vehicles used in kava supply were forfeited to the Commission Chair, with 9 destroyed or sold at tender. The Commission is still unfortunately dealing with complaints over the use of undue force by Crowd Controllers licensed under the Private Security Act. The actions of a few are bringing the wider industry into some disrepute. There were 1,819 licences on issue for Crowd Controllers and Security Officers in the year. The Commission would like to place on the record its appreciation for the assistance and co operation it has received during the year from government agencies and industry organisations it regularly has dealings with in the course of its work. Richard OSullivan CHAIRMAN September 2013 1
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