The licensing restrictions will remain in the city’s Kings Cross nightlife precinct, though, according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to remove the hardline licensing restrictions from the CBD more than five years after they were introduced, telling The Daily Telegraph “while we will await the committee’s report, I agree it’s time to enhance Sydney’s night-life.” A decision from the government was expected after September 30th, when a report from a parliamentary inquiry into the lockouts had been delivered.
The changes will require new legislation to be passed later in the year, which will likely see the scrapping of 1:30 AM last entry to venues across the city and 3 AM last drinks, although specifics have not yet been confirmed by the government. Kings Cross—the popular nightclub district where two one-punch deaths in 2012 and 2013 resulted in the laws being introduced—will remain as its own separate nightlife precinct where lockouts will be maintained.
We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
For more on the background of the laws, read our 2015 feature Sydney: Locked Out.