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LCQ Update: Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act regulations regime decision


The new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) comes into effect on 18 December 2013 and replaces the Sale of Liquor Amendment Act (2004).

This change will impact the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) that ServiceIQ provides. The Alcohol Policy Team of the Ministry of Justice has released the Cabinet decisions from stakeholder talks relating to changes in the forthcoming act dating from July of this year. The Ministry of Justice states:

The Government has agreed the details of the new regulations regime to give effect to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act. These decisions follow the consultation with industry, territorial authorities (TAs) and other stakeholders in July this year. These regulations are separate from the new licence fees regime. The Government is releasing these decisions now to give stakeholders as much time as possible to prepare.

Fifty-six written submissions were received, as well as feedback from meetings around the country. Generally the feedback and submissions were supportive of the proposed regulations. Some regulations have been modified to take into account issues that were raised or when more practical alternatives were suggested. A description of the new regulations, analysis of the submissions and the regulatory impact statement can be found here.

Regulations are now being drafted to implement Cabinet’s decisions. Once draft regulations are available we will undertake a short, targeted engagement process to check the regulations for technical accuracy.The regulations will be gazetted by November, and will come into force on 18 December 2013, the same time as the rest of the new legislation.

ServiceIQ has developed a Bridging Test and is currently testing this for online delivery. It will be available for existing holders of the LCQ, gained on the basis of the 1989 Act. It is multi-choice and marked online. When successfully completed, a certificate can be printed directly to the candidate’s own printer. Watch this space – ServiceIQ will announce here when it is available and the procedure for registration and accessing the test.

Note that the requirement for a Bridging Test does not become law until the new regulations are enacted on 18 December.

For more information, please contact ServiceIQ on 0800 863 693 or email