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Review of liquor laws

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

12 October 2015

A discussion paper to begin the first full scale review of the Liquor Licensing Act in almost 20 years has been released.

No comprehensive review of the legislation has been attempted since 1996.

The current legislation is the product of layer upon layer of amendments laying over the original Act.

Recent minor changes to the legislation to facilitate small venue licenses, have demonstrated that appropriate reform has positive outcomes for both employment and a responsible drinking culture.

This paper will raise a number of issues for comment including but not limited to:

  • Red tape reduction for liquor licence applications.
  • Alcohol related violence and harm minimisation tactics.
  • Current penalties, Liquor and Gambling Commissioner’s powers and Police powers.
  • Premium food and wine opportunities.
  • Vibrant city and business opportunities.  

To view the full discussion paper or to provide feedback online visit

Submissions close 5pm Friday 29 January 2016.