The primary objective of the demerit points system is to contribute to improved compliance with liquor laws and a responsible liquor industry. Under the demerit points system, liquor licences incur demerit points for a non-compliance incident.
This system operates in addition to the compliance history risk fee system, to encourage good business practices in all licensed premises.
Licensees incur demerit points on their liquor licence if there has been a non-compliance incident in relation to that licence. One offence equals one demerit point.
A licence will be automatically suspended if it reaches one of the three demerit point thresholds listed below.
Demerit points apply for a period of three years from the date on which the demerit point is recorded against the licence.
The number of demerit points that apply to a licence is published on Licences and Applications online and a summary is also available on the current demerit points register page.
Licensees will also be advised in writing when they have incurred a new demerit point.
When a transfer occurs any demerit points will be removed, unless there is a relevant relationship between the parties.
If there is a relevant relationship between the parties, the new licensee can still apply to have the demerit points removed using the Removal of demerit points kit (PDF, 392.89 KB), which includes a fact sheet that provides additional information about this process.
Licences are suspended at the following thresholds:
A non-compliance incident relates to the following offences.
Offences and sections of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998
A non-compliance incident is said to have occurred if one of these offences has been detected and: