IMPORTANT NOTICE: Stage 2 and 3 restrictions are currently still in place. For more information, see:COVID-19 information for licensees
We are working with government departments and agencies to implement a range of measures in response to coronavirus and respond to state of emergency changes to restrictions.
The following outlines the relevant restrictions and support in place relating to gambling and liquor licensees across Victoria.
Our inspectors will be checking compliance with liquor delivery obligations, coronavirus temporary limited licence conditions, patron numbers and other Chief Health Officer directions. For more information, see: Compliance and coronavirus
The following restrictions remain in place affecting licensed venues:
Bottle shops are permitted to remain open. Businesses with a liquor licence that allows liquor to be supplied for takeaway or delivery are permitted to remain open.
From 11:59pm Wednesday 1 July, stage 3 restrictions have been reintroduced to ten Melbourne postcodes. As a result, cafes and restaurants in these areas will again only be open for take-away and delivery.
These postcodes include:
Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
Brunswick south, Brunswick west, Moonee vale, Moreland west
Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo
Restrictions in these postcodes will remain in place until 29 July.
From Monday 20 July, electronic gaming areas at pubs, clubs and the casino will be reopened with strict distancing, cleaning and hygiene requirements.
All venues will need to abide by existing physical distancing requirements of one person per four square metres. Tables will also need to be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart.
Venues will be required to take the contact details of every customer to assist in rapid Coronavirus contact tracing.
The easing of restrictions is subject to change by the Victorian government at any time depending on the tracking of Coronavirus.
For full details of all planned and current restrictions, see:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions Victoria
Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Due to current restrictions in place for licensed premises, self-serve free drinking water stations should be removed from public use. Free drinking water must still be made available via table service in accordance with the coronavirus restriction guidelines.
Penalties can apply for licensees who fail to provide free drinking water for patrons.
More information and helpful tips about food and drink facilities for venues reopening is available on the DHHS website, see: Reopening of cafes, restaurants and other food and drink facilities FAQs
As restrictions ease over the coming weeks and patrons return to licensed premises, licensees will need to be mindful of their existing licence conditions in addition to any conditions outlined in temporary limited licences which are in effect until the end of the State of Emergency.
Operating with reduced patron capacity
We have updated our Statement of Regulatory Intent with the following advice:
We will take a flexible approach to enforcing any licence condition that requires crowd controllers, RSA marshals, identification scanners or any similar conditions in circumstances where licensees are operating in a reduced patron capacity in accordance with Directions issued by the Victorian Chief Health Officer.
We expect that licensees will take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their patrons, to reduce the misuse and abuse of alcohol, and minimise any amenity impacts, having regard to the amount of patrons present on licensed premises.
To view the full statement, see: Statement of Regulatory Intent
Measures to support industry have been introduced, including:
For details of all government announcements, see:
Prime Minister media centreVictorian Premier media centre
The Victorian Government has announced a range of measures as part of its economic survival package in response to coronavirus, including reimbursing businesses that have paid their annual 2020 liquor licence or BYO permit renewal fee.
For more information, see: Refunds and waiver of 2020 liquor licensing fees
We are streamlining temporary limited licence applications for the supply of liquor for takeaway and delivery. We will make every effort to determine these applications within 72 hours (3 business days).
There is no fee associated with this application.
The duration of the temporary limited licence is the earlier of 15 September 2020 or the date on which the State of Emergency declared in Victoria over COVID-19 ceases to be in force. Licensees continuing to use a temporary limited licence to supply liquor for takeaway or delivery while reopening for dine-in service will still need to follow the limitations and conditions of the temporary limited licence.
Eligibility to apply
If you hold a general licence, packaged liquor licence, late night (general) licence or late night (packaged liquor) licence you can already supply liquor for takeaway or delivery, unless there is a condition on your licence that prohibits you from doing so, without a temporary limited licence.
If you are a business with an existing liquor licence that does not already permit the supply of liquor for takeaway or delivery, you can apply for a temporary limited licence to do so.
A temporary limited licence granted in these circumstances will be subject to certain limitations outlined below. These limitations are effective from 30 March 2020 and may be subject to further change as circumstances evolve.
Liquor quantity limitations
The quantity of liquor supplied under these temporary limited licence conditions must not exceed:
These limitations are in place to reduce the risk of harm and reflect legislative requirements that mean we can only grant a temporary limited licence if the supply of liquor is limited in scale and scope.
Licences that limit supply to other licensees (Pre-retail licence, some renewable limited licences)
Pre-retail or existing renewable limited licensees need to apply for a temporary limited licence to supply liquor to members of the public and are subject to the standard liquor quantity limitations by default (as outlined above).
Consideration will be made on a case by case basis to supply higher quantities of liquor than outlined above noting that such applications:
If you hold either a BYO permit or restaurant and cafe licence, the supply of liquor with takeaway or by delivery must be with a meal.
Delivery of liquor
Delivery drivers should sight identification of persons receiving orders that include liquor to ensure they are not delivering to someone under the age of 18. There is no requirement to physically handle the identification produced.
Liquor licensees are also responsible for verifying the age of their customers for liquor supplied from their licensed premises, including in the case of delivery.
Making a temporary limited licence application
Licensees who wish to apply for a temporary limited licence can apply online, see: Temporary Limited Licence application
Permanent liquor licence types
You hold a permanent liquor licence if you hold a:
You do not hold a permanent liquor licence if you only hold either a temporary limited licence or a major event licence.
If you have been granted a licence for a temporary or major event and that event has been, or is likely to be, postponed due to coronavirus, we may be able to move your licence to a new date, free of charge. If you are cancelling your event and your application has already been assessed and a licence granted, please note that processes to refund application fees are still under consideration.
If we have received your application but not assessed it, and you advise us that you are cancelling your event, the application fee will be refunded as soon as processes to facilitate refunds are confirmed. Please email email@example.com for any enquiries.
If you need customer assistance, you can contact our client services team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting an enquiry via our website.
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We have developed additional signage to support licensees, see: Print my liquor signage
We have translated important information for licensees into Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese. These resources outline the measures, restrictions and support in place and the obligations for licensees that have applied for a temporary limited licence to allow for takeaway or delivery of liquor.
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Thông tin liên quan đến Coronavirus (COVID-19) dành cho người được cấp giấy phép - COVID-19 information for licensees
Cập nhật Coronavirus - hoàn tiền và miễn lệ phí giấy phép kinh doanh rượu bia năm 2020 - Liquor licensing fees and waivers 2020