To help support new entrants to the industry, the VCGLR has the following key information and guidelines for new licensees.
Make sure you've got the right signage printed and clearly displayed and read the Required signage for licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 1.2MB).
Keep informed by:
These are areas that all licensees should be aware of and carefully monitor as standard business practice. These include the following and further details can be found under 'related links':
Safe function guidelines to support licensees holding functions such as weddings, birthdays, award nights, debutante balls etc. The guidelines set out licensees’ legal obligations as well as providing guidance on recommended best practice for functions on topics such as Responsible Service of Alcohol, minors, security and other areas and were developed in consultation with industry.
Sample function house policy as a resource for licensees. This can be adapted to your specific requirements. Feel free to add further best practice measures to assist in the delivery of a successful and safe function.
The Liquor Portal is an online licence management tool for liquor licensees.
Sign up to the Liquor Portal to:
To start using the Liquor Portal follow these steps:
*Licensees can access the individual licence PIN on their annual liquor licence renewal notice or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VCGLR has a range of videos to help understand your obligations and answer common questions:
Key dates for licensees
Dates and links
26 January - Australia Day
See also: Public holiday restrictions
12 March - Labour Day (Moomba Festival)
17 March - St Patrick's Day
30 March - 1 April – Easter
25 April - Anzac Day
11 June - Queen's Birthday
1 July fees rise - Liquor fees and fines
Apply now for special event licence - Major Event licence
30 September - Grand Final
21 October - Spring Racing Carnival begins
6 November - Melbourne Cup
Liquor licence renewal notices sent out
25 December - Christmas
31 December - New Year's Eve