South Australia’s Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau has announced that a new legislation to reduce alcohol abuse and violence at late-night licenced venues will be introduced soon.

The action being taken is the result of six months of consultation with industry and other interested parties, including health agencies and SAPOL.

According to Rau, there are nearly 12,500 hospital admissions and 600 deaths attributable to alcohol in South Australia every year.

"SAPOL figures tell us that demand for police and health resources responding to alcohol problems all peak in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings," Rau added.

"For these reasons, today we are taking significant action aimed at venues open after 3am."

Under the Code of Conduct, metal detectors and high-definition CCTV will be deployed at rogue licenced venues and the usage of glassware, happy hours, shooters and doubles will be banned.

Venues will not be able to accept new patrons after 3am.

The package of reform also includes a Bill that will provide a greater set of powers to target licenced venues where there are specific alcohol and public safety issues.

The Bill, which seeks to amend the Liquor Licencing Act 1997, will be introduced into Parliament next week.

The Commissioner for Liquor will be allowed to amend or impose the conditions of a venues licence.

The Government can prohibit venues from providing free or discounted alcohol between midnight and 7am under the new laws.

The laws also give a clearer definition of ‘intoxicated’ so that it also includes behaviour that is a result of illicit drugs.

"We are also undertaking a piece of work through New Democracy that will look at the broader issue of vibrancy and safety, involving issues such as taxis, lighting and public transport," Rau concluded.

The finalised Late Night Code will come into force on 1 October 2013.