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Sydney's Controversial Lockout Laws Set For Review

A cross-party parliamentary committee will look at Sydney's controversial lockout laws as part of a review of the city's night-time economy.

The NSW joint select committee will consult with NSW Police and health, community, entertainment and music groups, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Wednesday.

The premier says non-domestic assaults have dropped in the CBD and Kings Cross since 2014 when the government introduced controversial lockout laws in response to alcohol-fuelled violence.

"During this period, we have also worked to relax certain aspects of the laws such as extending trading hours for bars and clubs for major events, and making it easier for small bars, restaurants and cafes to start up and operate," Berejiklian said in a statement.

"After five years of operation, it makes sense for us to now take stock and examine whether any further changes should be made."

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The committee will look at any measures needed to maintain and enhance health outcomes and community safety, enhance the night economy and ensure that regulations - including lockout laws - remain balanced.

It will report to parliament by the end of September.