IMPORTANT NOTICE: A Declared State of Disaster is currently in place across Victoria. See: COVID-19 information for licensees
Businesses that hold a permanent liquor licence must renew their licence each year to continue to supply liquor. This is typically done by paying an annual renewal fee.
On 21 March 2020, the Premier announced the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion economic survival and jobs package. This package included support of the hospitality sector by providing refunds to licensees who have paid their annual renewal fee for their 2020 liquor licence or BYO permit.
Since then, we have worked with the State Revenue Office to refund over 20,000 licensees.
We have also waived outstanding unpaid renewal fees for around 1,600 licensees. Most of these licensees hold a category of liquor licence that permit supply of liquor by delivery or takeaway, and these licensees had their 2020 licences automatically renewed.
Businesses that have not had their liquor licence automatically renewed must advise us if they want to retain their licence by Tuesday 30 June 2020.
Under Victoria’s liquor legislation, from 1 July 2020 any licensee who has failed to provide this advice cannot have their licence renewed and can no longer supply liquor. In these circumstances, only owners or mortgagees of the licensed premises will have authority to advise us that they want to renew the liquor licence.
We have written to affected licensees to advise them of the actions they must take to renew their licence and continue supplying liquor.
For more information please contact our client services team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 1300 182 457.