Although, ID scanners at the doors of clubs and pubs are not something new as of 1st July they are becoming a mandatory fixture at all entries of licensed venues, who trade after midnight on a permanent basis, unless exempt.
ID scanners are part of the Government’s strategy to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and are designed to keep patrons who have a history of violence out of our venues to ensure people can have a fun and safe night out.
ID scanners are linked to an ID scanning system. They allow licensees to cross-check a person’s ID against a database of people who are subject to a banning order.
“On the weekend, about 50 venues across the state were using the scanners and banning orders were flagged with staff 22 times. That is 22 times someone with a violent history could have entered a licenced venue but was stopped,” said Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath.
However, MiePlace manager Aodhan McCann does not feel that implementing ID scanners is an effective way to combat alcohol-fuelled violence.
“It won’t change too much for us as we have been running a scanner for over 2 years. Unfortunately, ID scanners are only a tool for identifying problem patron, they do not stop actual fights. So, good, vigilant security staff are still our main line of defence in combating violence.”
A patron is not permitted to re-enter the regulated premises after 10pm without having their ID scanned. This applies regardless of whether a ‘pass-out stamp’ has been issued.
The Government is providing a one-off payment of $4000 to venues to assist with the costs associated with introducing ID scanners.