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Extended ordinary trading hours on New Year’s Eve

Legislative changes amending trading hours for New Year's Eve took effect on 14 May 2014.

These amendments amend ordinary trading hours under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 to include extended trading for New Year’s Eve.

The following licences can trade from 11pm on 31 December to 1am on 1 January:

  • on-premises
  • late night (on-premises)
  • BYO permits
  • general (for consumption on the licensed premises)
  • late night (general) (for consumption on the licensed premises)
  • full club (for the supply of liquor to a member of a club, an authorised gaming visitor, or a guest of a member for consumption on the licensed premises). 

The following licences can trade from 11pm on 31 December to 3am on 1 January:

  • restaurant and cafe
  • on-premises - subject to restaurant conditions
  • late night (on-premises) – subject to restaurant conditions.


These changes apply from the 2014/2015 New Year’s Eve period.

It is the decision of the affected licensees as to whether or not they wish to make use of the extended trading hours. However, in making this decision, licensees must consider any relevant licence conditions or related planning permits.

Licensees wishing to trade later than the hours described above must lodge an application for a temporary limited licence with the VCGLR. It can take up to six weeks for the VCGLR to grant applications and venues need to take this into account in their event planning.

In the inner-city municipalities of the City of Melbourne, the City of Yarra, the City of Stonnington and the City of Port Phillip, venues are reminded that there are restrictions on applications for late night licences concerning trade after 1am and the VCGLR will not grant applications to trade past 1am unless the applicant meets certain conditions.

The variation of trading hours described above does not apply to the sale of packaged liquor for off-premises consumption or to any other category of liquor licence.

The VCGLR has the power to restrict trading hours if there are concerns about the risk of alcohol-related harm.

More information

If you require further information about extended trading hours for New Year's Eve please view the New Year's Eve fact sheet (PDF, 764KB) or contact the VCGLR on 1300 182 457.