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Mandatory Networked ID Scanners in Nightlife Precincts Across Queensland, Australia: Key Stakeholder Perspectives on Policy and Practice

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posted on 2024-02-21, 05:07 authored by Peter Miller, Clare Farmer, Narelle Robertson, Ashlee Curtis, Nicholas Taylor, Kerri Coomber, Cheneal Puljevic, Dominique De Andrade, Richelle Mayshak, Ryan Baldwin, Robin RoomRobin Room, Brittany Patafio, Jason Ferris
This study explored stakeholder experiences and attitudes regarding the use of ID scanners in licensed venues in Queensland, Australia. In July 2017, the Queensland Government introduced mandatory, networked ID scanners in licensed venues within designated nightlife districts (SNPs). After 10pm, people seeking to enter late-night licensed venues must provide identification, which is verified by the scanner. The scanner also checks whether the patron has any recorded banning notice/s that may preclude entry into the venue. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 66 key stakeholders and analysed using thematic analysis. Stakeholders reported that ID scanners support the enforcement of patron bans. Their mandated use within SNPs allows for accurate and timely identification of patrons, and may offer benefits with respect to reducing and solving crime, and improving patron behaviours. Some concerns were expressed regarding data privacy and the need to ensure procedural fairness and consistent use. Overall, the study highlighted the importance of ongoing monitoring and refining of ID scanner policy, particularly with respect to where and when scanners are used.

Funding

This work was supported by an ARC Linkage grant (LP160100067), the Queensland Government, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Australian Rechabites Foundation and Lives Lived Well.

History

Publication Date

2023-12-01

Journal

International Journal For Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Volume

12

Issue

4

Pagination

13p. (p. 39-51)

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology

ISSN

2201-2966

Rights Statement

© The Author/s 2023 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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