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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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Key information for new liquor licensees

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To help support new entrants to the industry, the VCGLR has the following key information and guidelines for new licensees.

Getting started

Signage

Make sure you've got the right signage printed and clearly displayed and read the Required signage for licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 1.08 MB) (PDF, 1.2MB).

News and up to date information

Keep informed by:

Key fact sheets and information

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 functions

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.

Liquor portal

The Liquor Portal is an online licence management tool for liquor licensees.

Sign up to the Liquor Portal to:

  • Update a liquor licence/ permit postal address.
  • Apply to add, replace or remove Nominees or Directors associated with a licence/ permit
  • Apply to transfer a liquor licence/permit.
  • Download a copy of your active liquor, renewal notice, and/or red line plan at anytime

To start using the Liquor Portal follow these steps:

  1. Log into an existing account or create a new account. 
  2. Link you liquor licence to your account using your licence number and individual four digit PIN.*
  3. Start using the portal to manage your licence or permit. 

*Licensees can access the individual licence PIN on their annual liquor licence renewal notice or by emailing contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au.

Obligations and common questions

The VCGLR has a range of videos to help understand your obligations and answer common questions:

Key dates

Key dates for licensees (PDF, 102.74 KB)

Month

Dates and links

January

26 January - Australia Day

See also: Public holiday restrictions

February

 

White Night

March

 

12 March - Labour Day (Moomba Festival)

See also: Public holiday restrictions

17 March - St Patrick's Day

April

 

30 March - 1 April – Easter

25 April - Anzac Day

See also: Public holiday restrictions

June

11 June - Queen's Birthday

See also: Public holiday restrictions

July

 

1 July fees rise - Liquor fees and fines

August

 

Apply now for special event licence - Major Event licence

September

 

30 September - Grand Final

See also: Public holiday restrictions

October

 

21 October - Spring Racing Carnival begins

November

 

6 November - Melbourne Cup

Sweeps

See also: Public holiday restrictions

Schoolies:

Liquor licence renewal notices sent out

December

 

25 December - Christmas

31 December - New Year's Eve

See also: Public holiday restrictions

Page last modified 
15 May 2018