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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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The VCGLR regulates businesses focusing on the people, premises, products and promotions involved in supplying gambling to ensure the integrity of Victoria's gambling industries and to minimise harm.
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Liquor
The VCGLR regulates businesses focusing on the people, premises, products and promotions involved in supplying liquor to ensure the integrity of Victoria's liquor industries and to minimise harm.
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What best describes your situation in the Victorian liquor industry?
  • Restaurant / Cafe
  • Bar / Night club
  • Live music venue
  • Temporary or major event
  • Bottleshop
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This section details a glossary or terms and acronyms relevant to the VCGLR and its operations.

The VCGLR uses a range of technical terms and acronyms in its work and engagement with stakeholders.

Terms

Gambling

Associated entity
any corporate person or relevant position who has a relevant financial interest, exercises power or significant influence over the management or operation of a gambling business (including executive officers of the business).

Associated individual
any person who has a relevant financial interest, exercises power or significant influence over the management or operation of a gambling business (including executive officers of the business).

Betting event (approved)
the VCGLR approves events, or classes of events, for betting purposes. Events may be held entirely, partly within or outside of Victoria.

Community Benefit Statements
a community benefit statement verifies whether the community benefit provided by the club is equal to at least 8.33 per cent of its net gaming machine revenue

Expenditure
Amount of money lost by gaming patrons playing electronic gaming machines; also referred to as 'player loss'.

Gaming
is more specific than gambling and tends to refer to gaming machines.

Gambling

  • activities were a prize of money or something else of value is offered or can be won
  • the outcome involves, or is presented as involving, an element of chance.
  • a person pays or stakes money or other valuable to participate.

Gaming machine entitlements
Venue operators may only operate gaming machines if they hold gaming machines entitlements. The entitlements must be attached to an approved venue for the number of machines the venue operator intends to operate.

Gaming Venue Operator
is an entity that holds a venue operator licence. It grants the holder the ability to operate gaming machines in Victoria. Venue operator licences are granted a licence for up to 10 years.

Self-Exclusion Program (SEP)
is a program that enables a person to ban themselves from gaming venues and/or internet gambling.

Sports Controlling Body
are sporting peak bodies that may enter into business relationships with gaming providers. The peak bodies must have integrity measures, such as codes of conduct and other integrity policies.

Trade Promotion Lottery
is a lottery designed to promote a trade or business.

Wager
something staked or hazarded on an uncertain event, a bet.

YourPlay
a statewide pre-commitment scheme enabling gaming patrons to set time and/or loss limits when playing electronic gaming machines.

Liquor

Alcohol
is used when referring to the community, young people and health. The Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 refers to the supply and consumption of liquor.

Amenity
the quality of an area being pleasant or agreeable.

Barring
venues may bar a problem customer from their venue and the surrounding area for a period of time with a Barring Order.

Banning
Victoria Police may ban a person from a designated area for up to 72 hours or seek a court order to bar a person for 12 months.

BYO
"Bring Your Own" is a BYO permit authorises the consumption, possession and control of liquor in a restaurant or club that does not hold a liquor licence, usually a restaurant.

Designated area
are specific areas where Victoria Police have additional powers. Police may ban people from licensed premises and the area itself for up to 72 hours or seek a court order to ban repeat offenders from designated areas for up to 12 months.

Freeze
The 'freeze' is a hold on the granting of new liquor licence applications (for trade past 1am) in Melbourne (including Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip until 30 June 2019.

Harm minimisation
policies and programs designed to reduce the harmful consequences of alcohol consumption and gambling.

High risk
likelihood that a high level of harm will be caused to the community by a gambling product or activity or the supply of liquor.

Intoxication
where a person's speech, balance, co‑ordination or behaviour is noticeably affected and most likely from the consumption of liquor.

Licensed premises
a venue which is licensed to supply liquor for consumption on the premises.

Liquor
a beverage or other substance intended for human consumption with an alcoholic content greater than 0.5 per cent by volume at a temperature of 20° Celsius.

Liquor accord
is the written document that sets out the specific aims and objectives of a liquor forum and is approved by the VCGLR and Victoria Police.

Liquor forum
a meeting of licensed venue representatives, regulators and community members to develop strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm and gambling issues in a local area.

Local Government Area
Victoria has 79 municipal districts often referred to as local government areas (LGAs). They are constituted as cities, shires, rural cities and, in one case, a borough.

Minors
a minor is a person under 18 years of age. The legal drinking age in Victoria is 18 years of age.

Red Line Plan
the defined area in a venue where liquor may be supplied. It is shown by a red-line drawn on a plan of the premises.

Risk-based regulation
guides the VCGLR's decisions and resources to pay the most attention to the venues and products that may cause the greatest harm to the community.

Abbreviations and acronyms

A-M
  • Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - AUSTRAC
  • Australian Hotels Assocation - AHA
  • Australian Football League - AFL
  • Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group -ALH
  • Budget and Expenditure Review Committee - BERC
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People - CALD
  • Community Clubs Victoria - CCV
  • Crown Melbourne - the venue in Melbourne operating as Crown Limited.
  • Department of Justice & Regulation - DJR
  • Department of Treasury & Finance - DTF
  • Electronic Gaming Machine - EGM
  • Freedom of Information - FOI
  • Gaming Industry Employee - GIE
  • Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission - IBAC
  • Infringement Management and Enforcement Services - IMES
  • Justice of the Peace - JP
  • Liquor Control Advisory Committee - LCAC
  • Local Government Area - LGA
  • National Rugby League - NRL
  • New Entrant Training - NET
  • Municipal Association of Victoria - MAV
  • Master Grocers Australia - MGA
  • Member of Parliament - MP
N-Z
  • Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing - OLGR
  • Office of Public Prosecutions - OPP
  • Packaged Liquor Licence - PLL
  • Public Accounts and estimates Committee - PAEC
  • Registered Training Organisation - RTO
  • Returned and Services League of Australia - Victorian Branch - Victorian RSL
  • Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct - Code of Conduct
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol - RSA
  • Responsible Service of Gaming - RSG
  • Self Exclusion Program - SEP
  • Sexually Explicit Entertainment - SEE
  • State Revenue Office - SRO
  • Victoria Auditor-General's Office - VAGO
  • Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation - VCGLR
  • Victoria Competition and Efficiency Commission - VCEC
  • Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation - VRGF or 'the Foundation"
  • Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal - VCAT
  • Victorian Local Governance Association - VLGA
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27 June 2018