Author Steve Moffatt and Don Weatherburn
Published April 2011
Report Type Bureau Brief No. 59
Subject Assault; Lockouts / Night-time economy
Keywords licensed premises, assaults

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To determine whether there has been a decline in assaults after midnight following changes to liquor licensing policy after March 2008.


Time series analysis of reported assaults between January 2004 and December 2010.


The upward trend in assault between midnight and 5:00 a.m. in NSW between 2004 and 2008 reversed following changes to liquor licensing policy after March 2008 and the NSW Liquor Act in October 2008. Assaults on licensed premises have fallen by about one per cent a month since March 2008. The fall is not restricted to licensed premises but was found to affect all location categories other than non-licensed business/commercial premises.


The imposition of new restrictions on licensed premises may have assisted in reducing the assault rate in NSW.

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