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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 2024-06-02, 22:48 authored by Peter MillerPeter Miller, Clare FarmerClare Farmer, Narelle RobertsonNarelle Robertson, Ashlee CurtisAshlee Curtis, Nicholas TaylorNicholas Taylor, Kerri CoomberKerri Coomber, Cheneal Puljevic, Dominique de Andrade, Richelle MayshakRichelle Mayshak, Ryan Baldwin, Robin Room, Brittany PatafioBrittany 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.

History

Journal

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Volume

12

Pagination

39-51

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

ISSN

2202-7998

eISSN

2202-8005

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology