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Commercial Drinks, Australia's newest event
dedicated to the on-premise liquor sector, launches
Taking place over four days at the newly built
ICC in Sydney, the show is co-located with Fine
Food Australia, the country's leading event for the
At Commercial Drinks, operators of licensed
venues looking to improve and differentiate their
drinks list will be able to browse hundreds of quality
beer, spirits and wine brands on display.
The Speakeasy Stage, presented by Winterhalter,
will provide visitors with a program of free
educational sessions addressing a number of pertinent
industry topics, all offering insight and solutions
designed to directly and immediately benefit business.
Sessions will cover: what it takes to operate a
successful bar, what good bar design can do for your
business; cocktails that drive revenue; staff training
and retention; and maximising the wine spend of
A selection of successful Sydney bar operators and
industry experts will make up the session panels, including Jared Merlino, managing director of
Kittyhawk, Danielle Allen, director of Two Birds Brewery and Seamus Brandt, senior sommelier
for Rockpool Bar & Grill.
In one session, beer expert Kirrily Waldhorn will discuss how to curate the perfect beer menu
with publican Michael Bain of the Royal Albert Hotel. In another session, Samantha Payne
from NOMAD Wine and industry expert David Messum will highlight future drinking trends,
including a look at what's trending internationally, the popularity of prosecco, and the latest
fascination with premium mixers.
Commercial Drinks takes place 11-14 September at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour.
For more information and to register, visit www.commercialdrinks.com.au
VENUES IN STOPPING
By AUSTRAC, for Australian Hotelier
As part of the National Pubs and Clubs
Campaign carried out over the past year,
AUSTRAC compiled two fact sheets tailored
for pubs and clubs. These fact sheets outline
some myths and some important facts about
money laundering as well as providing some
tips to help pubs and clubs protect themselves
against money laundering.
Since the release of these fact sheets,
we've seen a great increase in the reporting
volumes of suspicious activities which has
helped us guard Australians from criminal
activity. Suspicious matter reports submitted
by businesses such as pubs and clubs are
highly valuable and support AUSTRAC and our
law enforcement partners to identify and take
action against a range of offences, including
drug dealing/trafficking and tax evasion.
During the campaign, AUSTRAC engaged
with over 150 pubs and clubs across Australia
that included visits to 18 of these. Through
the collection and review of all cheque
registers, AUSTRAC has been able to better
understand their processes and help identify
AUSTRAC has seen a number of significant
outcomes from this campaign that include:
• An increase of 37 per cent in the number
of pubs and clubs submitting suspicious
matter reports since the release of the
• Intelligence investigations resulting from
the cheque register data collected.
The campaign also identified that pubs and
clubs facing high money laundering risks have
the below characteristics:
• Venues that allow higher denomination
currencies to be inserted into machines,
• Located in higher crime areas.
AUSTRAC is Australia's financial intelligence
agency that identifies threats and criminal
abuse and works in partnership with
industry and government agencies to protect
Should you not have received these fact
sheets, you can obtain them at http://www.
further assistance or if you believe you need to
enrol, please call the AUSTRAC Contact Centre
on 1300 021 037.
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