The Queensland government has made its final response to the Queensland Alcohol-related Violence and Night-Time Economy Monitoring (QUANTEM) evaluation report, which analysed the government’s approach to tackling alcohol-fuelled violence and made several policy recommendations.
The Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence policy (TAFV) was found to have decreased serious assaults by 49% between 3am and 6am on Friday and Saturday nights in the state, for a period between July 2016 to June 2019, prior to COVID impacts.
A $500,000 grant is now available for Safe Night Precinct (SNP) boards, with applications open from May 25 to June 24.
“We are pleased to have been able to strike a balance between reducing alcohol-related harm and the need to ease the regulatory burden on hospitality and tourism businesses,” attorney-general and minister for justice Shannon Fentiman said.
The government’s initially responsed to the report when it was published in April 2019, prior to the pandemic and its impacts on the hospitality industry. It had said it required more time to consider some of the recommendations in the report.
In total, the Queensland government said seven recommendations were accepted in principle and 10 were rejected, with 21 requiring further consideration.
One recommendation that was underconsideration, supported in part, was the implementation of a review of the governemnt’s anti-violence strategies.
The government pointed to the Women’s Safety and Justice taskforce it had established as satisfying the intent of the recommendation, calling it “driving its agenda using relevant expertise in priority areas of concern’. The Queensland government recently announced an inquiry into police practices towards victims of domestic violence.
The government has announced its support for the recommendations to have an alcohol awareness campaign, sharing a list of banned patrons for all venues operating after midnight, and an independent review of the Alcohol and Drug safety taught in schools.
Recommendations that were rejected by the government include the independent expert research steering committee, a levy on venues to fund Support Services, and a review of the radio networks used by SNPs to communicate.