This page contains the transcript for the Interactive map of Victorian liquor licences video.
Victoria's gambling and liquor regulator, the VCGLR, has created an interactive online map of every licensed pub, club and liquor outlet in the state.
The map is a useful reference tool for anyone involved in liquor licence applications decisions or appeals and it may even help a triple zero emergency call response occur sooner if you call for help from a licensed venue.
Here's how it works - simply go to the VCGLR website and click on the link to find the the map.
Type in an address or use the search categories and functions to specify your search criteria. With a click of a button you can search for any liquor licence premises in Victoria by name, address, licence category or number you can also download your search request from these.
The online map is useful for local councils, agencies and academics that carry out research on alcohol-related harm in the community. It's also useful for the wider community to use to find out the types of licensed premises that are in their local area.
'What we think is a terrific part of this initiative is how the local community will actually be able to access information and we know that what we want is to be able to put the power back into the hands of the community so they can actually be talking about with their local councils also within their neighborhoods around the type of community amenity that they want so we want to make sure that this tool is giving people the power in their own backyards literally to be able to help make some decisions locally.'
The map is also making a difference to the work of ESTA Victoria's emergency services telecommunications authority, by helping locate triple-zero calls faster and more effectively. The authority has joined data from the online map, to use an emergency call-out situations.
'Over half of the calls to triple zero is from a mobile phone and at the moment mobile phones do not give us their location and we ask the caller questions about precisely where you are and what is the nearest cross street and if you are in distress if you are excited you are probably not knowing exactly where you are and you don't know what the nearest cross street is it would be great to have that exact physical location of the mobile phone. So if you're phoning from a venue, a pub, a hotel, you probably know that name you might not know the street address of that name of that place but you know the name of that place so you can say I'm at this hotel and then we can type in that name of that hotel and it'll tell us precisely the street address and ;we know exactly where to send emergency services.'
The benefits of the map are many, it means better targeting of services and better response times to emergency call-outs, the interactive map is a result of an interagency collaboration.
'I think this is a great example of what we can do not only the capability that's within this organization and the expertise and the knowledge we have and finding new ways of using the data that we've got but also to see what we can do when we partner with people like Vic health and like ESTA and that we can create something that is truly fantastic.'