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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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The VCGLR regulates businesses focusing on the people, premises, products and promotions involved in supplying gambling to ensure the integrity of Victoria's gambling industries and to minimise harm.
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The VCGLR regulates businesses focusing on the people, premises, products and promotions involved in supplying liquor to ensure the integrity of Victoria's liquor industries and to minimise harm.
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Local council liquor licence objection kit

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Liquor

Local councils play a vital role in the liquor licensing process in Victoria, through planning approvals for venues that wish to trade in their municipalities, and through their ability to object to a new licence or variation.

To support its decision making, and in accordance with requirements under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act), the VCGLR notifies the relevant local council and Victoria Police when it receives a new liquor licence application or variation to an existing licence (excluding applications for limited licences, and prescribed variations to licences).

Local councils have up to 30 days to lodge a written objection with the VCGLR.

The VCGLR has developed a Local council liquor licence objection kit (PDF, 3.02 MB) to provide clearer guidelines on the process for making an objection to a liquor licence application. 

Please note this kit is an additional resource for local councils. While objections must be in writing, you are not required to use the objection form in this kit.
 

Local council concerns about existing licensed premises

Local council may request the VCGLR to conduct an inquiry into:

  • the amenity or disuse (where the licence has not been used for 12 months or more) of a liquor licence in their local council area
  • whether there are grounds to take disciplinary action against a licensee within their local council area.

The grounds for consideration by the VCGLR when it decides to conduct an inquiry into amenity or disuse are:

  • whether continuation of the licence would detract from or be detrimental to the amenity of the area
  • whether the licence has not be used for a period of 12 months or more.

If, after conducting the inquiry, the VCGLR decides to take action against the licensee, it can choose to:

  • cancel the licence or permit
  • suspend the licence or permit
  • vary the licence or permit
  • make any other direction that the VCGLR thinks fit.
Additional resources for local council

Unlocking liquor licensing - Resource 2: Liquor licensing laws - Published by VicHealth, this resource aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of Victoria's liquor licensing system and help councils to address alcohol-related harm in their communities.

Liquor licences and applications online - Search for liquor licence applications received by the VCGLR.

Click here to download the Local council objection kit

Page last modified 
27 November 2019