NSW Minister for Hospitality Troy Grant said the ‘PatronScan’ network will make venues across Kings Cross even safer by stopping troublemakers at the door and ensuring patrons can be identified and held responsible for their actions.
“The NSW Government is determined to improve the safety and amenity of the Kings Cross Precinct with a range of measures to target alcohol fuelled violence,” Mr Grant said.
High risk venues are identified as those with a capacity of over 120 patrons, trading after midnight. These venues will be required to operate ID scanners from 9pm to 1.30am, 7 days a week. All patrons will be required to produce photo ID for scanning, and will be refused entry if they are unable or unwilling to comply.
The system will be used to enforce temporary and long-term banning orders. Banned patrons face fines of up to $5,500 for entering or attempting to enter a high risk venue during the course of their ban. Heavy penalties will also apply to venues that fail to operate the ID scanners as required.
The ID scanner system will be reviewed after 12 months.