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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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About Commission hearings and decisions

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Hearing

This page outlines information about the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) Commission hearings, decisions and inquiries.

The VCGLR is an independent decision-making authority. The objectives of the Commission based decision-making structure is to deliver balanced and consistent regulatory decision-making for liquor and gambling matters. The VCGLR is accountable to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and Parliament.

To view and download previous decisions and reasons for decisions in relation to gaming applications and disciplinary action proceedings visit the Gambling commission decisions and Liquor commission decisions pages. For searchable decisions, see the austlii website.

About Commission hearings and decisions

How the Commission operates and makes decisions

The Commission may conduct meetings and inquiries in public or private. Unless confidentiality considerations apply, the VCGLR will generally hold public hearings on matters such as:

  • approval for proposed gaming premises or requests for increased gaming machines
  • contested liquor licences
  • disciplinary actions and on reviews of decisions made by a single-commissioner or delegate of the Commission.

The Commission must also publish a notice advising of the upcoming public inquiries on this website.

A person whose interests are affected by a decision of the VCGLR may appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the Supreme Court on a question of law. The appeal body will be determined by the nature of the decision.

Appealing the VCGLR's decision

Liquor licensing applicants and objectors have the right to ask for an internal review of a licensing decision if a single Commissioner or delegate of the Commission made the decision.

Any reviews are heard by a panel of Commissioners. To ensure the independence of the review, the panel of Commissioners must exclude the original decision-maker. Hearings are usually conducted in a public forum (unless confidentiality considerations apply).

The Commission provides a written statement of reasons of its internal review decision to the applicant.

Information about the matters scheduled for a hearing or inquiry

Parties to an application are given written notice of the inquiry.

Information about upcoming hearings or inquiries is also available on this page.

Ensuring the internal review is fair

The VCGLR ensures the internal review is fair by providing appropriate written notice to applicants, excluding the original decision-maker from the review and holding the review publicly (where possible) to promote openness and transparency. The VCGLR provides a written statement of reasons of its internal review decision to the applicant.

Liquor hearing guidelines

The following liquor hearing guidelines are available to download.

If you would like a copy of any of the above publications in a more accessible format, contact us.

Practice Notes and Information Sheets for Inquiries

The following Practice Notes and Information Sheets are available to download:

As Practice Notes/Information Sheets are either amended or developed over time, they will be published on this page.

Gambling hearings information

In this section, you will find the dates and agendas for forthcoming gambling meetings, inquiries and hearings of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) and the published decisions relating to previous meetings on gambling matters.

Results of public inquiries and hearings conducted by the Commission are also available, as is information on appeals.

Gambling meetings

The last public meeting of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) for gambling matters was held on 27 June 2012.

There are currently no public session meetings scheduled, but where appropriate a meeting may be scheduled in the future.

Public and private meeting archives

Gambling agenda archive

Archived agendas from public session Commission meetings are available to download at Archived public meeting agendas - 2012 (PDF, 93KB).

Public sessions meeting archive

Archived decisions from public session Commission meetings are available to download below:

Wednesday 27 June 2012 (PDF, 198KB)
Monday 28 May 2012 (PDF, 250KB)
Monday 23 April 2012 (PDF, 177KB)
Monday 26 March 2012 (PDF, 175KB)
Monday 27 February 2012 (PDF, 110KB)
Tuesday 14 February 2012 (PDF, 62KB)
Tuesday 31 January 2012 (PDF, 108KB)
Tuesday 17 January 2012 (PDF, 238KB)

Private sessions meeting archive

Archived decisions from private session Commission meetings are available to download below:

Monday 27 February 2012 (PDF, 34KB)
Tuesday 31 January 2012 (PDF, 60KB)
Tuesday 17 January 2012 (PDF, 43KB)
Gambling inquiries and hearings

Upcoming inquiries and hearings

The following table lists all current applications to the Commission for approval of premises as suitable for gaming or to increase the number of gaming machines at an existing approved venue.

Matters determined

The following decisions arise from inquiries and hearings of the Commission on gambling matters.

Gambling appeals determined

Appeals to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Supreme Court, Court of Appeal (SCCA) against decisions made by the Commission on gambling matters are available via the Australasian Legal Information Institute database (search 'Gambling' to find relevant decisions).

Liquor hearings information

In this section, you will find the liquor hearing guidelines, dates for upcoming hearings and published inquiry notices.

Inquiry notices

Inquiry notices are published pursuant to Section 92A and Section 94B of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

The inquiry notices detail the initial hearing date and grounds for the inquiry.

Current liquor hearings list

Dates and details for upcoming liquor hearings pursuant to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 are available in the current liquor hearings list (PDF, 300KB).

Page last modified 
11 September 2017