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Liquor fees are charged for licence applications, and a range of other activities relating to the licensing system.
The Victorian Government has announced a range of tax relief measures as part of its economic survival package in response to coronavirus, including reimbursing businesses that have paid for a renewable liquor licence for 2020.
For more information, see: 2020 liquor licensing fees waivers and refunds
Any application received by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) must be accompanied by the correct fee. Failure to submit the correct fee will result in the application being returned.
On the 1 July each year, government fees and fines associated with non-compliance are increased automatically.
The increases to application fees and fines for non-compliance with liquor laws occur immediately, while the increases to renewal fees take effect each year when payable by 31 December, irrespective of when the licence is granted.
Once an application has been registered, the application fee is non-refundable.
The 2018-19 application fee and renewal amounts came into effect on 1 July 2019. To see a full list of amounts, download the Liquor licence fees fact sheet 2019-20.
Information about fee increases from 1 July 2019 is available on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.
The Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 allows the issue of infringement notices for specified breaches. They are issued to licensees, underage persons and any person breaching specified sections of the liquor law.
For a list of the 2019-20 liquor-related breaches and associated penalties which are provided for under the Act, download Breaches under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 fact sheet 2019-20.
Note: Licensees should be aware that payment of a fine may then be taken into account in any disciplinary proceedings by the VCGLR that seek suspension or cancellation of the licence.
The VCGLR fees fact sheets are based on the Department of Justice and Regulation list of automatically indexed fees and fines.
You can also visit the Department of Treasury and Finance for information on the indexation of fees and penalties.