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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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Free water for patrons

Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption on-site are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons.

Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption on site are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. The responsibility is on the licensee to ensure adequate facilities are provided. Substantial fines may apply for non-compliance.

Exemptions

Licensees may apply to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for an exemption to their mandatory requirement to provide free water.

The Commission has discretion over which applications are approved, and will determine each application on its own merits. However, under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, the Commission must consider:

  • the risk of harm arising from the misuse and abuse of liquor supplied under the licence, and
  • the extent of the burden imposed on the licensee by the requirement to supply free drinking water.

For example, an exemption may be granted where the licensee does not have access to mains water and the lack of free drinking water will not lead to alcohol-related harm.

If you wish to apply for an exemption, you can download the application form Exemption from the requirement to provide free drinking water at licensed premises (PDF 338 KB).

Signage

A poster is available for licensees to download that advises patrons that the venue provides free water. Download a copy of the Free water available poster (PDF, 948KB) to display in your venue today. If you would like a copy for digital displays, download the high resolution version (JPEG, 1MB).

Page last modified 
5 April 2017