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Apply for exemption from free water requirements

Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption on-site are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. It is left to the discretion of the licensee how water is supplied. Substantial fines may apply for non-compliance.

Licensees may apply to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for an exemption to their mandatory requirement to provide free water.

The Commission has discretion over which applications are approved, and will determine each application on its own merits. However, under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, the Commission must consider the risk of harm arising from the misuse and abuse of liquor supplied under the licence and the extent of the burden imposed on the licensee by the requirement to supply free drinking water.

For example, an exemption may be granted where the licensee does not have access to mains water and the lack of free drinking water will not lead to any alcohol-related harm.

If you wish, you can download the application form to apply for an Exemption from the requirement to provide free drinking water at licensed premises (PDF, 338 KB).

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