QLD Government slashes red tape for adult venues

ADULT entertainment venues across Queensland will only have to go through a rigorous permit process every three years if legislation changes are approved.

The Justice Department has also recommended struggling hoteliers in regional and rural areas ease the financial burden of annual licence fees through paying instalments.

The moves are among many suggested as a parliamentary committee considers changes to the Liquor (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Bill 2013.

Deputy director-general David Ford told the committee on Wednesday (Oct 30) the department had few problems renewing Queensland's 28 adult entertainment permits, but the renewal process took about six months.

"It is almost like an endless cycle," he said.

"I understand these are contentious areas.

"Rather than open it up to five years like the rest of our licences, we reached a compromise and settled on three years.

"Adult entertainment premises are heavily monitored by our inspectors."

Mr Ford said letting regional licensees pay their fees more frequently throughout the year was not a proposal to provide ready credit for a licensee.

He said the practice had already begun and was working.

"It is a proposal for licensees in regional areas who may be experiencing financial hardship," he said.

"Before it is approved, they will still have to prove they are in financial hardship.

"We do not anticipate the changes will open up the floodgates."

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