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Things to consider before applying - wine and beer producer's licence

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Before applying for a wine and beer producer's licence, there are a few things you need to consider, including licence requirements.

Who would normally apply?

To be eligible to hold this licence, it is a requirement that:

  • where the product is wine, cider, brandy or perry:
    • the licensee grows their own fruit and the licensee has assumed the financial risk for the production, or
    • the fruit is grown under the direction of the licensee by another person and the licensee bears the financial risk for the production
  • where the product is beer
    • the licensee brews their own beer, or
    • the licensee assumes the financial risk for it's production by another person.
Trading hours

Ordinary trading hours for a wine and beer producer's licence are as follows:

  • 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday
  • 10am to 11pm Sunday, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
Compulsory training

Any person who, at any time, has management or control of the licensed premises must have completed a Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) refresher course in the previous financial year.

Licensees must produce evidence that the training has been completed if requested by Victoria Police or VCGLR Inspectors. It is recommended that a copy of the RSA training certificate be kept on the premises as proof of completion.

New entrant training

A copy of an approved new entrant training certificate for all required persons is needed in order to determine the application.

Special conditions

Data collection and reporting requirements for liquor wholesalers applies. For more information, see Wholesales data reporting.

Application fee payable

For information about the application fee for a wine and beer producer's licence, see application fees.

Distillation of alcohol

Under Australian laws, it is illegal to use a still (of any capacity) to distil alcohol (e.g. spirits), without an excise manufacturer licence from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Penalties can apply. It is also illegal to buy, make, possess, or sell a still without permission from the ATO if it has a capacity over five litres.

For more information, visit ato.gov.au/stills.

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22 March 2017