Designated areas are determined by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) in consultation with the Chief Commissioner of Police. This is done after reviewing the level of alcohol-related violence and disorder around licensed premises in certain areas.
The VCGLR can declare an entertainment precinct where alcohol-related violence and antisocial behaviour has occurred, to be a "designated area".
Victoria Police have the power to ban people from licensed premises and designated areas for up to 72 hours for offences including drunkenness, physical assault, destroying or damaging property and failure to leave licensed premises.
Police also have the power to seek a court order to ban repeat offenders from designated entertainment precincts for up to 12 months.