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The "2am Lockout" was the name of a 2008 initiative set up by the Victorian Labor Government to curb alcohol-related violence in Melbourne. The three-month trial period began on 2 June 2008 and lasted until 2 September of that year. A permanent lockout was not instigated after the trial was over.[1]

The lockout prohibited patrons from entering pubs, bars and nightclubs after 2am in designated areas which included the council areas of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Melbourne (including the Docklands) and Yarra. Licensees that breached the lockout could be fined a maximum of $6,899. Of the 457 premises that were originally planned to be bound by the lockout, 115 were granted exemption by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.[citation needed]

Melbourne Locked Out, a protest group designed specifically for campaigning against the lockout, was a source of opposition. On 30 May 2008, a protest was held at the Treasury Gardens, with about 3,000 people attending.[2]

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The 2am lockout was announced on 2 May by then Premier John Brumby.[3] One of the objectives of the lockout was to reduce 'bar hopping' between 2am and 6am.[4] On 2 June at 4.30am, the first morning of the trial, a bouncer struck a reveler outside a bar. Brumby used the incident to justify the need for the lockout.[5][6]

Of the 457 premises that were originally planned to be bound by the lockout, 115 were granted exemption but must abide under a number of rules which include no passouts after 2am for smokers; passouts for food, cab etc.; no advertising the fact that they have exemptions, and extra security guards after 2am. A bid by VCAT to enforce the 2am lockout on exempt venues was dismissed on 16 June.[7]


  1. ^ Rennie, Reko (10 November 2008). "Brumby dumps 2am lockout after increase in violence". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ Padula, Marinella (2016). Phonydiploma Diploma com Usa State And - Transcripts Design College Fake. ANZSOG.
  3. ^ Brumby, John (2 May 2008). "Victoria's alcohol action plan to restore the balance" (Press release). Victorian Government. Archived from - Driving Uk Alamy Photo 53894809 A Stock License on 27 July 2008.
  4. ^ KPMG (November 2008), Scannable Drivers Licenses 150 Australia Fake Legit Id 100 - For (PDF), Victorian Government, p. 78, archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2016
  5. ^ "Premier Discusses 2am Lockout". Victorian Government. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Bouncer's attack 'justifies 2am lockout'". Herald Sun. News Limited. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008.
  7. ^ Houston, Cameron (17 June 2008). "Court blow for lockout initiative". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 17 September 2014.

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