Community and health organisations are calling for changes to NSW liquor laws to close loopholes that enable alcohol companies to sell and deliver alcohol to children and people who are intoxicated. The NSW Parliament is considering legislation on online alcohol deliveries, and we’re advocating common-sense measures, including requiring age verification when alcohol is sold online, and preventing alcohol being delivered into the home within two hours of purchase and late at night.

Some key changes being sought are:

  • Reintroduce the requirement to verify age at point of sale to prevent alcohol being sold to children and extend it to all alcohol deliveries, not just same-day delivery. Risks of alcohol supply to children and young people under 18 exist for all deliveries, regardless of how long they take to arrive.
  • Extend the offence to supply alcohol to a person who is intoxicated to all deliveries, not just same-day delivery. Alcohol supply to people who are intoxicated should always be an offence.
  • Amend the cut-off times for alcohol delivery, so that latest delivery is 9pm instead of midnight, and earliest delivery is midday instead of 5am. This is due to the known risk of greater alcohol harms in the home late at night, such as suicide and family violence.
  • Introduce a delay of two hours between order and delivery. Evidence shows delivery within two hours is associated with risky alcohol use. A delivery delay will reduce the risk of alcohol supply to people who are intoxicated, which in turn will increase personal safety for delivery agents.

You can find out more from:

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

The Public Health Association Australia

National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA)