Liquor Licensing

Purpose of WA Liquor Laws
Since Western Australia's foundation in 1829, the State's liquor laws have evolved and matured to mirror the growth, development and changing expectations of the population. read more...
The Role of the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor

The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, through the licensing of suppliers and the provision of industry support services, promotes and maintains the integrity of lawful liquor activities for Western Australians to participate in, within community expectations on harm minimisation.

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The Role of Local Government

A Local Government Authority's town planning scheme serves as the most important tool in shaping a community's liquor environment outside of the Liquor Control Act.

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The Role of WA Police

During the licensing process WA Police have the authority to make comment on whether an application should be granted or refused.

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The Role of the Executive Director of Public Health

The Executive Director of Public Health has the authority to comment on any matter before the licensing authority based on the potential, or existence of harm or ill-health caused to people due to the use of liquor.

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Referrals

The Director of Liquor Licensing may refer any matter directly to the Liquor Commission.

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FAQ
A growing list of frequently asked questions about liquor licenses, permits and approvals. Approval of Managers at Licensed Premises is 1st topic. read more...