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The aim of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) enforcement regime is to encourage individuals and businesses regulated by us to choose to comply with their obligations.
The VCGLR takes enforcement action:
Sanctions are chosen based on their likelihood of successfully motivating those found to be non-compliant to change their behaviour and comply with gambling and liquor laws in the future.
The VCGLR has a graduated response to enforcement. Sanctions applied by the VCGLR for non-compliance increase:
All matters relevant to infringements outside the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 and Gambling Regulation Act 2003 will be referred to the appropriate enforcement agency. The VCGLR will cooperate with the requests of those agencies and provide statements and evidence if required to do so.
The VCGLR operates in conjunction with Victoria Police, allowing the police to focus on the most serious examples of infringements of liquor laws and areas where known issues of violence and antisocial behaviour have occurred.
Compliance inspectors provide enforcement support to Victoria Police, working in partnership with them and exercising similar powers to enforce liquor licensing laws.
Inspectors can not arrest anyone, however they may enter a private home if they have a search warrant (this requires approval from the VCGLR), or if the private home is situated on the licensed premises and the inspector has prior consent from the licensee to enter.
Should a serious infringement of the Act occur, compliance inspectors can make recommendations to the VCGLR to take appropriate action. However, inspectors do not have the power to arrest anyone. The following table describes the enforcement action tools that may be used.
Note: These tools may be used independently or in combination to achieve the appropriate outcome of compliance.
Several persons and companies have been disqualified from applying for, or holding, a liquor licence for a certain time period.
For a current list of persons and companies disqualified under the Liquor Control Act 1987 and the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, see below:
Years of disqualification
Disciplinary actions have been taken against persons or companies found to be non-compliant under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and the Casino Control Act 1991.
See below list of current disciplinary actions against persons or companies:
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