To regulate the liquor and gambling industries with integrity.
The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor is responsible for regulating and maintaining the integrity of lawful racing, gambling and liquor activities for Western Australians to participate in.
Government response to changes in the Liquor Control Act 1988
The Minister for Racing and Gaming has officially announced the Government’s response to the review of the Liquor Control Act 1988, click here to read the response.
Public Interest Assessment - Form 2A
As part of its report to the Minister for Racing and Gaming the Liquor Act Review Committee recommended, amongst other things, that theLiquor Control Act 1988 be amended to require applicants for new licences to complete a Community Impact Statement to support their application.
In response to this recommendation, the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor has developed a form to assist applicants in the preparation of a Public Interest Assessment (PIA) submission by setting out the criteria contained in the Director of Liquor Licensing’s policy - Public Interest Assessment in a questionnaire format.
The form will be available in two formats – a word template and a printable adobe/pdf document and can be accessed on the Department’s website.
Applicants should note that the space provided in the printable adobe/pdf document is not an indication of the amount of information which should be provided and additional information can be provided as an attachment if necessary.
Please note, it is not a mandatory requirement to complete the PIA Form 2A to prepare a PIA submission – this form has been provided to assist applicants in the preparation of a PIA by providing a questionnaire format – applicants can prepare a PIA submission in an alternate format if they wish.
Changes to acceptable identification documents
On July 1, 2014 the Department of Transport introduced a Western Australian Photo Card which serves as an official identity card for people who,for various reasons, do not have an Australian driver’s licence.
For more information on the features of the WA Photo Card, go to http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/proof-of-identity.asp
Liquor Control Act 1988 – Review Report
The review committee appointed by the Minister for Racing and Gaming, Terry Waldron to review the Liquor Control Act 1988 has completed its review. A copy of the committee’s report is available here.
Review of the Liquor Control Act 1988
Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron announced in 2012 a review of the Liquor Control Act 1988.
The Minister said there had been particular interest from members of the Parliament and stakeholders in the application of the public interest test to liquor licensing matters.
The Minister appointed Mr John Atkins to chair the committee to review the Act with Mr Ian Stanley and Ms Nicole Roocke as members of the committee.
The committee is currently reviewing and considering matters relevant to the operation and effectiveness of the Act, having regard to the changing community needs and attitudes relating to the accessibility of liquor and related services. In this regard, the committee has received a number of submissions from various parties.
At the request of the committee, the Department is making available to the public those submissions whose authors have given permission to do so. Click here for submissions consented to by respective authors to be made available.
The committee is expected to report to the Minister later this year.
Click here for a full copy of the terms of reference of the review.
Applying to become an approved manager at a licensed premises?
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A note from the Director General on applying for a Liquor Licence
Disappointed applicants and commentators on liquor licensing decisions often do not understand why an apparent good idea for a “bar” is not approved by the liquor licensing authority.
While decisions of the licensing authority are governed by the Liquor Control Act 1988, an Act comprising some 320 pages, they are also governed by precedent decisions of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, with the Director of Liquor Licensing subject to further precedent decisions of the Liquor Commission.
Accordingly, licensing authority decisions must be evidentiary based with each application dealt with on its merits, and all parties to the proceedings being afforded procedural fairness.
Read more here.