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Late night licence review project

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As business operations for licensed premises often change overtime, liquor licences also need to adapt to better suit modern businesses. 

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) recently  conducted a review of late night (general), late night (on-premises), and late night (packaged liquor) licences to ensure all licensees in these categories have modern and clear standard conditions that are relevant to their current business operations.

In addition, licensees that have late night trading conditions in place but do not hold late night licences were included in the review to ensure consistency across all standard conditions relating to late night trade.

Now that the review is complete, the VCGLR is contacting industry to let them know about any proposed changes to licences. Due to the wide range of licensees included in the review, licensees have been split into two groups.

Group one licensees include late night licensees with a maximum capacity of less than 200 patrons and who do not provide live music, karaoke or sexually explicit entertainment, or who are located in an airport.

Group two licensees include late night licensees with a maximum capacity of 201 or more patrons and provide live music, karaoke or sexually explicit entertainment.

For more information on each Group please see below.

Group one licensees

It is not anticipated that Group one licensee business operations will be significantly affected by the outcomes of the project.

The review of Group one licences is being conducted over three stages:

  1. Review – VCGLR invites submissions by licensees about their current business operations. The VCGLR reviews these submissions to help inform if changes are required.
  2. Proposal – licensees will be given a copy of any proposed variations to conditions and given 21 days to object.
  3. Notification – following review of licensee’s objections, the VCGLR will notify all licensees if and what conditions will be varied.

The review stage for Group one licensees is now complete and the proposal stage is currently in progress.

The VCGLR considered submissions made by licensees and found that several standard conditions across the late night category were inconsistent, unclear, and not in line with modern licensee business operations.

As a result, the VCGLR has determined to vary some of the standard conditions. The variation of conditions by the VCGLR is being undertaken in accordance with section 58 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998. The majority of proposed variations are a redraft of conditions to make them clearer and easier to understand. None of the proposed variations will change licensee’s existing trading hours.

Correspondence was sent to all licensees included in the review between 14 -15 June 2017 advising them of the proposed variations and including a sample licence. Licensees had 21 days to provide any feedback to the proposed variations.

Following this 21 day period, further correspondence was sent to licensees on 6 July 2017 confirming that the VCGLR has varied their licence as proposed along with a copy of their new licence.

It is important to note that any special conditions appearing on a current licence will continue to apply. If these conflict with any of the proposed standard condition variations, licensees are required to operate in accordance with the special conditions. 

The attached FAQs have been compiled to assist licensees falling into Group one with any further queries about the project.

Group two licensees

Group two includes late night licensees with a maximum capacity of 201 or more patrons and provide live music, karaoke or sexually explicit entertainment.

The review of Group two licences is being conducted over four stages:

  1. Review – VCGLR invites submissions by licensees about their current business operations. The VCGLR reviews these submissions to help inform if changes are required.
  2. Consultation – licensees will be given a copy of any proposed variation to conditions and given 14 days to provide feedback.
  3. Proposal – following review of licensee’s feedback, licensees will be given a copy of any proposed variations to conditions and given 21 days to object.
  4. Notification – following review of licensee’s objections, the VCGLR will notify all licensees if and what conditions will be varied.

The review stage of the project is now complete and the consultation stage in currently in progress.

The VCGLR considered all submissions made by licensees and found that several standard conditions across the late night category were inconsistent, unclear, and not in line with modern licensee business operations.

As a result, the VCGLR has determined to vary some of the standard conditions. The variation of conditions by the VCGLR is being undertaken in accordance with section 58 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

The VCGLR has developed new standard conditions that, if imposed on certain licences, may impact how a venue operates. For this reason before formally proposing to vary Group two licences we are seeking feedback on the new standard conditions.

Correspondence was sent to all licensees included in the review between 14 - 15 June 2017 seeking feedback on the proposed new standard conditions including a sample licence.

Licensees can provide the VCGLR with their written feedback until Tuesday 27 June 2017. More information about how to provide feedback is featured at the bottom of this page.

It is important to note that any special conditions appearing on a current licence will continue to apply. If these conflict with any of the proposed standard condition variations, licensees are required to operate in accordance with the special conditions. 

Following a review of licensee’s feedback, and in the event the VCGLR determines to proceed, licensees will receive a notice of the proposed variation to their licence conditions. If licensees have any further objections they will have 21 days from receiving the proposed conditions to advise the VCGLR in writing. More information about how to provide written notice of any objection is featured at the bottom of this page.

Following the objection period, licensees will be notified if and what conditions will be varied.

None of the proposed variations will change licensee’s existing trading hours.

The attached FAQs have been compiled to assist licensees falling into Group two with any further queries about the project.

Providing feedback

If providing feedback or an objection in relation to this project, please send an email to LSOP@vcglr.vic.gov.au or send via post to GPO 1988, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.