Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Lockouts, last drinks and alcohol related violence​ in Sydney

Background: On the 24th of February 2014 the NSW Government imposed new restrictions (contained in the Liquor Amendment Act, 2014). These restrictions included:

  1. 1.30am lockouts at hotels, registered clubs, nightclubs and karaoke bars in two designated areas, known respectively as the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct and Kings Cross Precinct;
  2. 3.00am cessation of alcohol service in venues in these Precincts;
  3. A freeze on new liquor licences and approvals for existing licences across the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct and continuation of the existing freeze in the Kings Cross Precinct

1. Current trends

The graph below shows the monthly number of non-domestic assaults recorded by the NSW Police Force in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross Precincts, as well as the suburbs of Newtown and Pyrmont, since January 2009. 

2. BOCSAR research findings

The latest BOCSAR report examines the monthly count of non-domestic assaults recorded by the NSW Police since January 2009 to September 2016: a total of 93 months (62 months prior to lockout intervention and 31 months post the lockout intervention). The table below shows the overall reduction in the monthly number of assaults in the two target areas, the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts, together with the proximal and distal displacement areas and the rest of NSW.

​Areas

Reduction in non-domestic assault since Jan 2014
​Kings Cross Precinct​Down 49%
​Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct​Down 13%
​Proximal displacement area*​Up 12%
​Distal displacement area**​Up 17%
​Rest of NSW​Up 0.8%

 

* Includes parts of the following suburbs: Pyrmont (including the Star City Casino) , Ultimo, Chippendale, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Darlinghurst.

** Includes Bondi Beach, Coogee, Double Bay and Newtown.

The full report "The effect of lockout and last drinks laws on non-domestic assaults in Sydney: An update to September 2016" is available here: http://www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/Documents/CJB/Report-2017-Effect-of-lockout-and-last-drinks-laws-on-non-domestic-assaults-cjb201.pdf

 

 

3. Map

The map below shows the two target areas, the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts, together with the proximal and distal displacement areas. The distal displacement area is the aggregate of Bondi Beach, Coogee, Double Bay and Newtown.