Stronger powers for “Safe Night Out” police

STARTING tonight, police will have stronger powers to deal with unruly, drunken revellers on the Gold Coast as the State Government’s $44.5 million Safe Night Out initiative is rolled out. 

There’ll be more police on the streets of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach of a weekend, as well as an increased presence at 13 other designated party precincts across the state, including the Brisbane CBD, Townsville and Cairns.

Increased police powers and targeted policing will ensure police can respond quickly and effectively to alcohol and drug-related violence and antisocial behaviour where needed.


Do the wrong thing, and you could be slapped with an on-the-spot fine ranging from $660 up to almost $7000 and be made to sit the night out in a “drunk tank” which you’ll be charged for the following day.

Unruly patrons may also be banned from returning to the party precinct for up to three months.

Those who commit serious offences will face stronger penalties, with increased jail time, life-time bans and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for coward punch offenders who cause death.

For more information on stronger prevention, more policing and harsher penalties, read the full Safe Night Out Strategy or the Safe Night Out Frequently Asked Questions.