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The City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks is a family friendly event. Visitors to Skyworks 2017 are reminded that it is illegal to consume alcohol in public. However, BYO Picnic Zones where limited alcohol can be consumed between 6.30pm and 8.45pm have been designated.

Please visit #skyworks2017 for further information regarding designated BYO Picnic Zones and alcohol limits.

DRGL wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable #skyworks2017

DRGL Vision

Lawful liquor and gambling activities are provided for the social and economic benefit of Western Australians.

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.

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.

Liquor licence decisions made on evidence-based submissions

From July 1, 2007 until January 31, 2015, 243 hotel, tavern, and small bar liquor licences were granted across the State, while 17 applications were refused.

Despite this approval rate, recently there has been public comment over the apparent disparity of “weight” given to evidence that is presented to the licensing authority in support of liquor licence applications against evidence presented by WA Police or the Executive Director Public Health (EDPH). In particular, it has been suggested that evidence relating to the tourism potential of a business does not carry as much weight as that relating to possible harm or ill health, and may result in the refusal of a licence application.

Click here to read more.

Other Liquor News

Please click here to read more on other liquor related news

November 2016

The Latest Edition of RGL Form is available.

As a licensee or approved manager, are you sure you are compliant with the liquor laws in WA?

Attend "Compliance with the liquor laws in WA" seminar Register here.

Are you applying or want to know how to have your say about an application?

Liquor seminar

Come to our seminar to find out how. Free seminars are run each month at the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. Read more.

Does your non-profit organisation or sporting body wish to raise money through gaming?

Gaming seminar

Then attend one of our free "Community Gaming" Seminars. Read more.

A guide for licensees and staff


Fact Sheets Available

These Fact Sheets are designed as quick-reference tools which allow members of the public to get a "snap-shot" of some of the more common topics dealt with under the various Acts.

Last updated: 20/01/2017 11:19:18 AM

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