Licensees need to be aware of their responsibilities not to allow drunk, violent or quarrelsome persons to enter or remain on their licensed premises. This page provides information on banning or barring patrons.
To assist licensees, there are three options available to licensees when it comes to banning or barring troublesome patrons.
Every licensee can refuse entry to any person, as long as the reason is not discriminatory. The licensee also has the right to ask any person to leave their licensed premises.
No special laws or forms are required, but if a patron continues to be a problem or if a particular incident is severe enough, the licensee can carry out one of the more formal options below.
This option is available to licensees who are members or signatories of a liquor accord agreement. Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, members of a liquor accord may agree to ban a troublesome patron from licensed premises of the participating accord licensees.
In deciding to ban a patron from venues, licensees should:
Under the terms of a liquor accord, accord members may disclose basic information only among other accord members about the banned patron (e.g. person's name and the period of the ban) for communication and implementation.
Licensees, responsible persons (any person in management or control of a licensed premises) and police have the power to issue a Barring Order that is enforceable by Victoria Police:
You can order Barring Order booklets (containing 25 carbon copy forms) by submitting an enquiry using the contact form below (please state in the subject heading 'Request for Barring Order booklet' and include venue details such as premises name, address and liquor licence number).
To issue a Barring Order, you must know the name of the person, and if possible, their address and date of birth. You must also maintain a record of the people you have barred under this process. There is space on the Barring Order booklet to record each person's details.
For information about how to change or cancel a barring order, see Request to change or cancel a barring order.
Some entertainment precincts in Victoria have been classified as Designated areas. Victoria Police have the power to ban a person from a designated area for up to 72 hours by issuing a banning notice. Victoria Police can either ban the person from all licensed premises in the designated area or from the designated area.
Download the Barring powers fact sheet (PDF, 238KB).