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Trading during the World Cup? Plan now to extend your hours

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Licensees looking to alter their trading hours during World Cup games should plan now to make sure they have the proper licence arrangements in place.

The World Cup will be played in Russia from 15 June to 16 July 2018 with matches scheduled throughout the night for an Australian audience.

Venues planning to open outside their currently licensed trading hours to show matches will require a temporary extension of a permanent licence. 

Applications to extend trading hours can be made via the Temporary Limited Licence online portal.

If your venue is situated in the municipal areas of Melbourne, Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip you are required to meet the criteria set out in the Minister’s Decision Making Guidelines in relation to a freeze on licences being issued to trade past 1am.

All applications must: 

  • identify the hours licensees wish to trade on each day that games are being played
  • provide a Venue Management Plan detailing how the venue will operate whilst the World Cup is being televised
  • meet the relevant criteria if your venue is located in an area where the freeze applies.

When applying through the portal, licensees should choose the temporary extension event type and when prompted enter the first date they wish to extend their licence and attach a letter setting out a list of dates and times they would like to be licensed for. 

Applications will then be referred to Victoria Police and the relevant local Council for comment. 

For venues that receive a temporary extension:

  • this will be for the purpose of venues televising the matches only
  • venues will be expected to provide food at all times that the licence allows the supply of liquor
  • licences that are issued will exclude any external areas and gaming rooms.

To ensure enough time to process, applications should be submitted by the end of April. 

Applications where venues seek a 24 hour licence for the entire period during the world cup will not be considered. 

Apply for a temporary extension of your permanent licence

Article last modified 
23 May 2018