Late night trading venues such as nightclubs, pubs and bars across the state that would normally trade between 3am and midday are required to cease the supply of alcohol at 3am on ANZAC Day.
ANZAC Day is a time of respectful commemoration for all Australians. To protect the solemn observance of this day, trading hours for licensed venues are restricted on the morning of ANZAC Day.
This restriction achieves a balance between the commercial interests of the industry and community expectations.
Applications for temporary limited licences and major event licences for ANZAC Day will still be considered. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation must be satisfied that the supply of alcohol is in connection with commemorative activities and will be consistent with the solemn observance of the day. Visit the Temporary licence page for details on how to apply for these licence categories.
RSL clubs and sub-branches may apply for an extension to ordinary trading hours on ANZAC day.
For RSL clubs that wish to supply liquor before midday on ANZAC Day, a letter must be submitted to the VCGLR requesting a change to trading hours. The submission should provide information on how trade prior to 12pm on ANZAC Day would be connected to commemorative services and be consistent with the solemn observance of the day. Submissions can be sent to GPO 1988, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, or via the contact us enquiry form.
Note: Late night venues should check their trading hours for the day before ANZAC Day to ensure they are authorised to trade. For example, should ANZAC Day fall on a Sunday, a licence that shows Saturday trading until 5am the following day is not authorised to trade past 3am.
There are two and a half restricted trading days each year:
All liquor licensees should check the conditions on their licence to determine whether these days affect their trading hours.