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Table 1 Local government interventions 1997–2013 aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm

From: Evaluation of a local government “shelter and van” intervention to improve safety and reduce alcohol-related harm

Name of Intervention

Date implemented


Liquor Accord

1997 (February)

Aimed to ensure and maintain ethical conduct within all licensed premises. At the time, Licensees declared their commitment to the promotion of the responsible service of alcohol (RSA).

Surveillance cameras


Introduced in the entertainment precinct [22].

Review of Liquor Accord


This resulted in 114 licensees signing a commitment to implement the Accord [22].

2 am venue lockout


No person is allowed to enter a licensed premise after 2 am [26, 53].

Night-rider bus

2007 (July)

To pick up clients from venues on demand. This intervention was co-funded by licensees, police and local government. The bus was discontinued after three years (June 2010) because of inconsistent contributions from licensees [54, 55].

Patron Ban

No date

Licensees can ban a patron from their venue for troublesome behaviour, and police can also ban someone from a venue.

No shots policy


“No shots after 2 am” policy [25, 26].

Polycarbonate drinkware

No date

Implemented in all 5 am venues.

Taxi ranks


Three taxi ranks were in operation with varying levels of demand.

Supervised taxi ranks

October 2005

A supervised taxi rank [23]. Two security guards supervise the rank from 2 am–6 am on Sunday mornings [23].

Chill Out Van

February 2011

A van that is staffed by volunteers to provide a range of services.

Safe Transport Shelter

February 2013

Architecturally designed shelter with amenities. Supervised taxi rank moved to this location.