Last drinks? We explain Queensland's lock-out laws

SO WHAT exactly are the laws that have so many up in arms?

Well similar laws were introduced in New South Wales by the Baird Government, bringing significant changes to the nightlife as plenty of venues closed their doors.

In Queensland, the Palaszczuk Government rolled out the state-wide legislation to reduce violent, alcohol-fuelled crime across the state.

Heavily backed by surgeon and current Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, the Palaszczuk Government have also relied on research undertaken particularly in Newcastle following similar laws, to guide the legislation.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the legislation had wide backing, from the Salvation Army to the Australian Medical Association to the state's peak tourism body and the Queensland Police Service.

So what are the new laws?

Alcohol service must stop at 2am at all venues outside of the 15 Safe Night Precincts throughout Queensland.

Alcohol can be served until 3am within the Safe Night Precincts.

Shots, doubles, premix drinks higher than 5% and unlisted or cut-price cocktails are all now banned after midnight.

From February 2017, a 1am lockout will apply to safe night precinct venues, but casinos are exempt.