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Night-time economy

Captivating entertainment, delicious food and drink, and a thriving arts scene is our vision for nightlife across the state.

We’re making it easier for the arts, cultural and hospitality businesses to contribute to local economies, and make safe and exciting nightlife a feature of our communities. We are also looking at ways to support our vital night-time workforce whether in hospitality, retail, emergency services or industry.

Regulation around noise, planning and liquor licensing has been streamlined, updated and simplified through the NSW Government's 24-Hour Economy Legislation (Vibrancy Reforms) Amendment Act 2023. This means venues in NSW will have the opportunity to reach their full entertainment, economic and creative potential – especially at night.

The Vibrancy Reforms are a cross-government initiative developed in consultation with key agencies, industry, councils and stakeholders to bring sector regulation in line with contemporary going out behaviours, improve government processes and encourage more people to go out, closer to home. Find out more at Vibrancy Reforms.

In September 2020, the NSW Government launched the 24-hour Economy Strategy, its long-term vision for Sydney. We will help deliver the strategy by activating spaces, creating vibrant places to work and live, aligning planning and liquor approvals and streamlining processes.

The NSW Liquor Amendment (Night-time Economy) Act 2020 supports councils' ongoing work to develop a vibrant, safe and modern night-time economy across NSW.

Adults and children having fun at an outdoor festival.

We’ve made changes to bring more live music, arts venues and artisan food and drink businesses to the streets of NSW.

People dining at restaurants along Eat Street dining precinct in Parramatta. Credit: Destination NSW

Here’s advice for opening a business that contributes to the night-time economy.

Friends enjoying afternoon drinks at The Beach House Restaurant and Bar, Port Macquarie. Credit: Destination NSW

NSW has the perfect climate for outdoor dining, bringing life to our streets and public spaces.

People walking and dining on Enmore Road, Enmore. Credit: Rhiannon Hopley

Councils can formally establish a special entertainment precinct in their local area.