Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Finance; Racing and Gaming; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Protected Entertainment Precincts laws pass Legislative Assembly

    16/11/2022 4:20 PM
    • Laws to ban violent offenders and perpetrators of antisocial behaviour from entertainment precincts pass Legislative Assembly
    • Protected Entertainment Precincts on track to be in place during summer

    The McGowan Government's Protected Entertainment Precincts (PEPs) laws have reached an important milestone, passing through the Legislative Assembly.


    It is expected the Liquor Control Amendment (Protected Entertainment Precincts) Bill 2022 will be debated in Legislative Council in the next fortnight, with the laws set to be in place during summer.


    PEPs will be established in Northbridge-Perth, Fremantle, Scarborough, Hillarys and Mandurah - banning violent offenders and perpetrators of antisocial behaviour from these precincts.


    Mandatory exclusion from these areas will apply to anyone convicted of various violent and sexual offences, along with drink spiking offences, for a period of five years after they are released from prison.


    Breaches of the exclusion face a penalty of up to five years imprisonment and a $12,000 fine.


    Police can also issue an order to exclude someone for up to six months, and further apply for an order of up to five years.


    Indicative boundaries were created for the five precincts following advice, and further refinement will take place with local governments to finalise the precinct boundaries.


    PEPs are named in honour of Giuseppe "Pep" Raco, the victim of an unprovoked one-punch attack in Northbridge in July 2020.


    The McGowan Government started developing the Bill following a campaign from the Raco family to strengthen laws around violent offences in entertainment precincts.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Every Western Australian deserves to be able to come home to their family from work or a night out in an entertainment precinct.


    "These laws will ensure violent thugs will be banned from areas like Northbridge for five years, following their release from prison.


    "This legislation was developed in honour of Pep Raco and in response to Mrs Raco's campaign for justice."


    Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti:


    "For too long we have witnessed incidents and heard stories about antisocial behaviour or violence in entertainment precincts.


    "Tragedies have occurred, and families have been broken. Now the State Government is doing something about it.


    "I would like to extend my gratitude to the range of stakeholders who have provided input and feedback on the Bill since it was first proposed."


    Premier's office - 6552 5200

    Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6400