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The star rating system provides greater incentives for licensees to comply with Victoria’s liquor licensing laws.
Under the star rating system, responsible licensees will receive a discount on their annual liquor licence renewal fees.
This system operates in addition to the compliance history risk fee system, to encourage good business practices in licensed premises.
A star rating is calculated on the basis of whether a non-compliance incident has occurred in respect of the licensed premises. Licensees will receive a discount on their annual licence renewal fees where they have had two or more consecutive years without recording a non-compliance incident.
Liquor licences begin at a three star level at the commencement of this system. They will then receive a star rating based on the below criteria:
The star rating system applies to licensed premises and rewards responsible licensees.
Star ratings are published on Licences and Applications Online. Licensees are not required to display their star rating on their premises.
The star rating system rewards licensees who have no recorded non-compliance incidents. Licences with four and five stars will receive a discount on their annual liquor licence renewal fees.
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:
You may download this information in the Liquor licensing fact sheet - Star rating system.
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