Quotes attributable to Adam Ockwell, Director Compliance, VCGLR
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is targeting patron numbers, responsible service of alcohol and underage drinking and gambling as part of its Spring Sports Blitz.
Kicking off this week, the VCGLR Education Team will be taking to the streets around the MCG talking to venues about their licensing obligations and how to ensure the safety of venue staff and patrons over the busy Grand Final long weekend.
With the Public Holiday falling on a Friday, Thursday night often becomes a busy night for venues in the lead up to the Grand Final. The Education team’s ‘Street Talk’ this week will provide venues with information and advice on how to monitor patron numbers, ensure security staff are licensed, check for ID’s and tips to refuse service to intoxicated patrons. The team will also be handing out free venue signage that highlights their responsibilities when it comes to patron safety.
VCGLR inspectors will also be working over the weekend targeting venues hosting Grand Final events to monitor, and where necessary enforce, compliance with responsible service of alcohol and gambling and liquor licence obligations.
The AFL Grand Final is one of several major sporting events during Spring in Victoria. The VCGLR’s Spring Sports Blitz will ensure both venues and patrons understand the role they play to stay safe and enjoy responsible gambling and drinking.
The VCGLR is committed to ensuring Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.