The big change to ID scanning coming to Gold Coast party precincts

Pub and club patrons will no longer have to get their ID scanned each time they re-enter a venue in Safe Night precincts in Queensland including Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Changes to laws have passed State Parliament today which will allow venues to give patrons a pass-out instead of forcing customers to queue up again.

Venues will also no longer be required to have ID scanners between Monday and Thursday, but only if they close by 1am.


At the moment, venues in Safe Night Precincts must scan IDs every night after 10pm.

ID scanners will have to remain in place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as well as nights before a public holiday.

Attorney-General Yvette D’ath says the changes come after widespread consultation.

“We’ve worked closely with stakeholders to deliver sensible, workable reforms to give licensees more flexibility in ID scanning on lower-risk nights,” Ms D’Ath said.

“These changes strike the right balance between tackling alcohol-fuelled violence and reducing unnecessary burdens on licensees.”

Ms D’ath says the ID scanners have made party precincts safer, but an evaluation found the scheme could be refined.

“Currently, licensees of regulated premises must scan the ID of each patron at the point of entry from 10pm, on any night the premises is authorised to supply liquor after 12 midnight.

“This has meant that licensees must start scanning from 10pm regardless of whether they decide to close early due to low patron numbers.

“The amended ID scanner scheme will give licensees the flexibility they’re looking for, without compromising patron safety.”