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Updated Policies 


From time to time, policies of the Director of Liquor Licensing and the Gaming and Wagering Commission are reviewed and subsequently amended. As a service to our stakeholders, we are providing a list of policies that have changed in the last calendar year.

The most recent changes are:


Policy of the Director of Liquor Licensing Date of change What has changed
Fire Safety Measures in Licensed Premises
 
04/04/2017

New policy to provide guidance on the minimum fire safety and evacuation measures considered necessary to limit injury and loss of life, in the event of an emergency on a licensed premises.

Responsible Promotion of Liquor - Consumption of Liquor on Licensed Premises and the Sale of Packaged Liquor
 
04/04/2017

Now includes that the offering of free/discounted drinks by way of social media is not acceptable.

Extended Trading Permits/Variations-‘One–off’ Events or Functions
 
01/02/2017

Minor amendments to the formatting and layout, and update to the Department’s new contact details

Extended Trading Permits - Restaurants Holding Finger Food/Cocktail Functions
 
01/02/2017

Proposed change of heading regarding conditions of approval and allowable number of permits amended to 12 in a 12 month period from 12 in a calendar year

Occasional Liquor Licence
 
01/02/2017

Proposed amendments recommending applicants refer to the policy Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 prior to lodging an application for an occasional licence. Proposed guidelines regarding exhibitors and temporary pop–up events have been inserted. Amendment to mandatory training requirements so as to include crowd controllers with effect from 1 July 2018 is also included

Residential Premises - Licensing Requirements
 
01/02/2017

 Proposed minor amendments to wording in order to improve readability and make reference to mandatory training requirements for crowd controllers with effect from 1 July 2018. An update to the Department’s contact details is also included

Show Cause Proceedings - Section 64 of the Act
 
01/02/2017

Proposed amendment to allow ‘show cause’ notices to be sent by post or email to the licensee and clarify that an inspector’s report may be used where it is considered appropriate;

Special Facility Licences - Catering
 
01/02/2017

Proposed amendment to include the definition of caterer as contained in Regulation 9A(13) and to specify conditions that may be imposed on the licence; and

Special Facility Licences - Works Canteen
 
01/02/2017

Proposed minor amendments to remove reference to documents to be lodged with Public Interest Assessments and instead refer reader to the PIA policy

Standards of Licensed Premises
13/12/2016

Policy has been reviewed and amended to make it less prescriptive and provide more clarity for applicants who wish to licence premises.

Website Information for Certain Licences
31/05/2016

Policy has changed to reflect that the licensee of a producer’s licence may sell, liquor produced by the licensee, via telephone or internet from any premises if the liquor sold is delivered, from the licensed premises or premises approved by the Director, to the purchaser.

Section 40 Certificate
01/04/2016

Policy has changed to reflect that the licensing authority will accept a development approval being lodged in lieu of a section 40 certificate.

Proceedings Before the Director of Liquor Licensing
01/04/2016

Policy has changed to reflect that the licensing authority will accept a development approval being lodged in lieu of a section 40 certificate.

Inspection of Records and Access to Documents
01/04/2016

Policy has changed to reflect that the licensing authority will accept a development approval being lodged in lieu of a section 40 certificate.

Extended Trading Permits - Ongoing and Indefinite
 
31/03/2016

Extended trading permits for restaurant licences to allow liquor to be served without the requirement for a meal and extended trading permits for associations to meet on licensed club premises can now be granted for up to 10 years. This change has been reflected in the policy.

Mandatory Training
 
31/03/2016

The Responsible Service of Alcohol mandatory training course (SITHFAB0201A) has been updated to SITHFAB002. This change has been reflected in the policy.

Extended Trading Permits - Producers - Cellar Door Operations
 
31/03/2016

Application fees for extended trading permits - cellar door operations have been included in the Liquor Licensing Regulations 1989 and gazetted effective 5 March 2016. The policy has been updated to reflect this.

Extended Trading Permits-Restaurants to Sell/Supply Liquor Without a Meal
01/02/2016
  • standard conditions 1 and 2 are amended so that, in establishing the primary purpose of a business conducted under a licence, the turnover from the business is to be in respect of the previous financial year.
Incident Register at Licensed Premises
01/02/2016
  • section 116A of the Act does not require incidents to be registered on a prescribed form or any other format approved by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
  • rather, the incident register is only required to contain the prescribed information.
Public Interest Assessment
01/02/2016
  • the advertising requirements for clubs, restaurants and producers have been aligned with other low risk licence types so as to reduce the advertising period from 28 days to 14 days.
  • the requirement for newspaper advertising has also been removed for these licence types.
Website Information for Certain Licences
01/02/2016
  • websites providing promotional material only without the capacity to purchase liquor are not required to meet the legislative requirements of the Liquor Control Act 1988
Trading Name
02/12/2015
  • clarifies the trading name requirements for collective cellar door outlets; and
  • also clarifies the advertising and signage requirements for collective cellar door outlets.
Tastings - Producer's Licence
02/12/2015
  • contains information on the new cellar door extended trading permit provisions; and
  • producers can now sell or supply liquor from a different producer for the purposes of comparative tastings.
Producer's Licence
02/12/2015
  • beer producers are now permitted to offer on-site consumption;
  • contains information on new cellar door extended trading permit provisions;
  • clarifies that producers can sell liquor away from the licensed premises, via the internet/telephone;
  • producers can now sell or supply liquor from a different producer for the purposes of tastings or ancillary to a meal; and
  • the policy no longer contains ‘Wine Industry’ in the title, as it is relevant to beer producers too .
Incident Register at Licensed Premises
30/11/2015
    Section 116A inserted to:
  • specify that the register should be kept for 4 years;
  • an authorised officer may take copies of the register; and
  • the register may be kept in any way the licensee considers appropriate including by electronic means.
Mandatory Training
30/11/2015
    Section 103AA inserted to:
  • state the training register must be kept for 4 years or for the duration of the engagement of an employee;
  • register may be kept in any way the licensee considers appropriate including by electronic means, and
  • an authorised officer may make copies of the register.
Off-Site Storage of Liquor
30/11/2015

Allows producers to sell liquor via the telephone or internet away from the licensed premises, provided it is delivered from the licensed premises or approved off-site storage facility.

Profit Sharing and Management Agreements
 
30/11/2015

Clarifies that for collective cellar door outlets, a profit sharing arrangement must be approved if the participating producers will share in all of the profits generated by the outlet. If each producer will only retain the profits from the sale of their own products, no approval is required.

Small Bar Licences
30/11/2015

Section 98(1)(b) is amended to allow hotel licences to trade until 12 midnight on Sunday

Managers at Licensed Premises
30/09/2015

Following the re-accreditation of the Course in Management of Licensed Premises and the Responsible Service of Alcohol Course the policy has been amended with the new course codes.

Standards of Licensed Premises
30/09/2015

The policy standards on page 6 are now provided as a guide rather than a requirement for licensed premises.

Public Interest Assessments
31/08/2015

The policy states that the Director may impose a condition specifying the maximum number of patrons on a licensed premises.

 



Extended Trading Hours – Sunday Trading on Long Weekends for Nightclubs, Hotels, Taverns, Small Bars and Special Facility Licences
31/08/2015

The wording regarding the energy drink condition has been updated in line with the wording used on licences.

Entertainment Condition
31/08/2015

The policy refers to Category 1 – Restricted and Category 2 – Restricted Publications that are prohibited from being exhibited at licensed premises with standard entertainment conditions.

Responsible Promotion of Liquor
03/02/2015

The policy provides for the Director of Liquor Licensing to impose conditions on a licence where evidence exists that the licensee is not selling and supplying liquor in a responsible manner.

Policy of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Date of change What has changed
Electronic Gaming Machines – Return to Player
 
05/09/2016 Amendment to require performance audits to be conducted at least one game type per month in accordance with the Gaming and Wagering Commission’s direction.
Electronic Gaming Machines
 
05/09/2016 ’11. Chances of Winning’ feature has been clarified by referring to an EGM that contains a video representation of an actual casino game.
Community Poker
 
23/08/2016 Eight hour permits will now be considered for season ending grand final events.
Two-Up
23/02/2016
  • the time frame for two-up applications to be lodged has been extended from 7-14 days from commencement of the game;
  • the time a committee of a club is required to submit a financial return has been extended from 7-14 days from the date of a game.
Video Lottery Terminals (VLT)
23/02/2016
  • an organisation holding a VLT permit must be separate from the supplier of the gaming equipment, except where the holder of a club licence supplies the equipment on the club’s licensed premises.
Match-Fixing in Sport
28/07/2015 The policy outlines the Gaming and Wagering Commission’s strategy for complying with the key principles of the National Policy in Match-Fixing in Sport.

Last updated: 04/04/2017 16:27:11 PM

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