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Australia – Star fined for breaching responsible alcohol laws

By - 29 January 2024

The Star Entertainment Group has been fined $60,000 by the NSW Independent Casino Commission over what it said was a breach of responsible alcohol laws following a female needing wheelchair assistance after being sick on herself whilst gaming.

Liquor & Gaming NSW filed the incident with the NSW Independent Casino Commission in January stating that the 44-year-old woman visited The Star in Sydney in December 2021 and was given 12 drinks in four hours before being sick and being escorted from the VIP-only casino area in a wheelchair.

Star Sydney ceased serving complimentary drinks following publication of the Bell inquiry and only recently resumed the VIP-only service with new controls and updated staff training.

Liquor & Gaming NSW’s executive director of regulatory operations Jane Lin said The Star had taken ‘appropriate controls’ to resume the service last year.

“Liquor & Gaming NSW considers the responsible service of alcohol to be a key obligation of all licensees including casino operators. We welcome the NICC’s substantial penalty that signals the seriousness of this breach,” she said.

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