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The Illawarra Hotel - House Policy

It's not all rainbows and unicorns in the pub game.  To be able to maintain a high level of trust from our regulatory bodies, we are expected to document and uphold a list of baseline standards that the general public must meet to gain entry into the premises.  These standards are enforceable due to Section 77 of the liquor act which allows hotel operators to scrutinise who enters the hotel, with fines up to $5,500 as a possible outcome for patrons who refuse to comply with management's directives.  This scrutiny does not extend to race, gender or sexual orientation.

Our House Policy

- Minors are not permitted in the hotel after 9 pm

- No rats tails

- No bikie colours and paraphernalia to be worn

- No facial tattoos

- No TN sneakers or lad wear

- Neat dress is required after 9 pm.  This can include singlets, thongs, sportswear and work gear

- Anyone asked to leave or barred from any venues in Wollongong will not be permitted entry

We constantly review these policies in alignment with directives from our governing authorities. 

The Law

Refusing to Leave the vicinity of a Licensed Premises is an offence under Section 77 of the Liquor Act 2007 which is punishable by a $550 on-the-spot fine or a maximum penalty of $5,500 if the case is dealt with in court.

To establish the offence, we (the venue) just need to show that:

  1. You were validly refused admission to, or turned out of, a licensed premises

  2. The refusal was by an ‘authorised person’, and

  3. You remained on, or in the vicinity of, the premises, or attempted to re-enter the premises within 24 hours


You were validly refused admission to, or turned out of, a premises if:

  1. You were intoxicated, violent, quarrelsome or disorderly

  2. You were suspected of possessing or using a prohibited drug or plant on the premises

  3. You smoked in a smoke-free area on the premises

  4. Your presence would render the licensee liable to a penalty under the Act, or

  5. A condition of the licence or house policy otherwise required you to leave


An ‘authorised person’ is a licensee, employee or agent of a licensee, or police officer.

The ‘vicinity of the premises’ means within 50 metres of any boundary.

An authorised person may use a ‘reasonable degree of force’ to remove you.

He or she has discretion to exclude you beyond the 24 hour period.

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