R&CA MEDIA RELEASE: NSW hospitality industry welcomes takeaway alcohol announcement

The NSW hospitality industry is popping the champagne after today’s announcement by the NSW government that temporary takeaway alcohol laws will be made permanent across hospitality venues. 

The ability for hospitality venues to serve a limited amount of alcohol with a substantial meal provides consumers with greater choice and convenience as well as encourages a more responsible way to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. 

This follows comments by the NSW Productivity Commissioner Peter Achterstraat AM in May of last year that the current temporary measures had had a positive impact on NSW and that this policy reform would be a positive change for the community. This was echoed by then NSW Treasurer, now Premier, the Hon. Dominic Perrottet who expressed his support of these measures being made permanent. 

R&CA CEO Wes Lambert welcomed this landmark announcement. 

“The laws allowing hospitality venues to sell packaged takeaway alcohol with a meal during the COVID-19 lockdown saved so many businesses and for consumers it meant that they could continue to enjoy their favourite meals with their favourite alcoholic beverages at home”, said R&CA CEO Wes Lambert. 

“Now that the pandemic has ended, we know that more and more Australians are still choosing to dine at home and that these laws will help businesses keep up with changing consumer wants and needs”. 

“Before the pandemic, takeaway sales only made-up 8 percent of total sales. During lockdown this naturally became 100 percent. Now that lockdown has ended, however, takeaway sales have now settled at around 30 percent. This is a clear indication that things needed to change, and the NSW government has delivered on this”. 

“Picking up a takeaway meal from your local with six pack of beer, a bottle of wine or your favourite cocktail should be easy. The hospitality industry commends the NSW government for this forward-thinking reform”, said Mr Lambert.