The state government of Queensland is reportedly looking to train people to pose as “fake drunks” in order to test licensed venues on their policies.
According to the Brisbane Times, the government is seeking a company who can train individuals to “fulfil the role of ‘pseudo-intoxicated’ patrons”.
The patrons will then assess the practices of licensed venues throughout the state, gauging their compliance with licensing laws.
The trial will reportedly run over the Christmas period in southeast Queensland as part of Premier Campbell Newman’s “Safe Night Out Strategy”.
The “fake drunk” program will reportedly cost taxpayers up to $100,000.
Premier Newman announced the new strategy in June in an attempt to prevent street violence.
“The violence has to stop. Too many Queensland families have suffered from the devastating and tragic effects of ‘coward punches’ and other violent and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Newman said at the time.
“We want our kids and their friends to be able to go out and have fun without fear and this plan will allow for that.”