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Demerit points system

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The primary objective of the demerit points system is to contribute to improved compliance with liquor laws and a responsible liquor industry. Under the demerit points system, liquor licences incur demerit points for a non-compliance incident.

This system operates in addition to the compliance history risk fee system, to encourage good business practices in all licensed premises.

What is the demerit points system?

Licensees incur demerit points on their liquor licence if there has been a non-compliance incident in relation to that licence. One offence equals one demerit point.

A licence will be automatically suspended if it reaches one of the three demerit point thresholds listed below.

Demerit points apply for a period of three years from the date on which the demerit point is recorded against the licence.

Current demerit points

The number of demerit points that apply to a licence is published on Licences and Applications online and a summary is also available on the current demerit points register page.

Licensees will also be advised in writing when they have incurred a new demerit point.

An application to remove any demerit points from a licence can only be made by a new licensee once the licence has been transferred. The removal of demerit points kit PDF, 497KB) is available to download. which includes a fact sheet that provides additional information about this process.

How do demerit points affect licences?

Licences are suspended at the following thresholds:

  • 5 demerit points lead to a 24-hour suspension
  • 10 demerit points lead to a 7-day suspension
  • 15 demerit points lead to a 28-day suspension.
What is a non-compliance incident?

A non-compliance incident relates to the following offences.

Offences and sections of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998

  • Supply liquor to intoxicated person 108(4)(a)
  • Permit drunken/disorderly person on licensed premises 108(4)(b)
  • Supply liquor to underage person, other than as permitted (licensee/permittee offence) 119(1)(a)
  • Permit liquor to be supplied to underage person, other than as permitted (licensee/permittee offence) 119(1)(b)
  • Liquor is supplied to underage person on licensed premises, other than permitted 119(2)
  • Permit underage person on licensed premises, other than as permitted 120(1).

A non-compliance incident is said to have occurred if one of these offences has been detected and:

  • an infringement notice for this offence has been paid in full or partially paid, or
  • an infringement in respect of one of these offences has been lodged at the Infringements Court and an Enforcement Order has been issued, or
  • the offence has been successfully prosecuted.

View the current demerit point register

Page last modified 
18 September 2017