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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.

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Enforcement actions

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The aim of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) enforcement regime is to encourage individuals and businesses regulated by us to choose to comply with their obligations.

The VCGLR takes enforcement action:

  • to remedy non-compliance with gambling and liquor laws
  • where appropriate, to punish individuals and businesses for non-compliance with gambling and liquor laws.

Sanctions are chosen based on their likelihood of successfully motivating those found to be non-compliant to change their behaviour and comply with gambling and liquor laws in the future.

The VCGLR has a graduated response to enforcement. Sanctions applied by the VCGLR for non-compliance increase:

  • with the severity of the breach including the degree of culpability of the offender and the risk or harm to the community from the breach
  • if non-compliance continues or is repeated.

Referrals to other agencies

All matters relevant to infringements outside the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 and Gambling Regulation Act 2003 will be referred to the appropriate enforcement agency. The VCGLR will cooperate with the requests of those agencies and provide statements and evidence if required to do so.

Relationship with Victoria Police

The VCGLR operates in conjunction with Victoria Police, allowing the police to focus on the most serious examples of infringements of liquor laws and areas where known issues of violence and antisocial behaviour have occurred.

Compliance inspectors provide enforcement support to Victoria Police, working in partnership with them and exercising similar powers to enforce liquor licensing laws.

Inspectors can not arrest anyone, however they may enter a private home if they have a search warrant (this requires approval from the VCGLR), or if the private home is situated on the licensed premises and the inspector has prior consent from the licensee to enter.

Enforcement actions tools

Should a serious infringement of the Act occur, compliance inspectors can make recommendations to the VCGLR to take appropriate action. However, inspectors do not have the power to arrest anyone. The following table describes the enforcement action tools that may be used.

Infringement notices
  • This is issued when there is an infringement of licence conditions under the Act. Infringement notices are used instead of a court appearance. For example, if music is being played outside the hours specified on the licence or if loud or amplified music is detracting from the amenity of the surrounding area.
Written warnings
  • This is issued when there has been an infringement of licence conditions. A compliance letter gives the licensee the opportunity to voluntarily return their premises to a compliant state within a particular timeframe.
  • These notices and letters are not part of a formal part of the legislation. However, they are used to track the history of licensees or other parties in terms of non-compliance and may be used at disciplinary proceedings should the non-compliance continue.
Disciplinary action
  • Issues of non-compliance that require suspension or the disqualification of a licence is usually of a serious nature. The approval from the VCGLR is required before any disciplinary action occurs.
  • Disciplinary action is focused on altering the behaviour for the protection of the public through a more tailored response specific to the licensee.
Enforceable undertakings
  • An enforceable undertaking is a legal agreement where a person or organisation abides by certain conditions agreed to with the VCGLR. Instead of attending formal court or tribunal proceedings and to avoid repeat behaviour, consensual programs are developed between the VCGLR and the licensee. More information can be found on the Enforceable undertakings page.
Risk management discussion
  • Used to highlight to licensees the areas of operation or practices that need to be addressed. It is not designed to deal with infringements under the Act or licence conditions but to manage the potential risks. Discussions can be used in conjunction with other enforcement options such as infringement or warning notices.
  • This discussion may include a verbal warning.
Criminal prosecution
  • Investigations take place when a serious or deliberate infringement of licence conditions occurs. An example includes the unlicensed sale of liquor or the supply of liquor in a manner other than what is on the liquor licence. In some cases, investigations can result in court proceedings.
  • Approval is required from the VCGLR.
No action
  • Inspectors may not find any issues of non-compliance or they may use their discretion in reviewing the circumstances of the issue/s of non-compliance to take no further action.

Note: These tools may be used independently or in combination to achieve the appropriate outcome of compliance.

Disqualified persons or companies

Several persons and companies have been disqualified from applying for, or holding, a liquor licence for a certain time period.

For a current list of persons and companies disqualified under the Liquor Control Act 1987 and the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, see below:

2012 - 2018

2018

Company/Person

Years of disqualification

Date from

Date to

Nan Hu (Top One Karaoke Bar) pursuant to 93D(1)(a)-(e) 2 27 April 2018 27 April 2020

 

2016

Company/Person

Years of disqualification

Date from

Date to

Tong LIN [Vicks 9 Karaoke]- pursuant to s93D(1)(a)-(e) 3 27 April 2016 27 April 2019
Jenny WU [Vicks 9 Karaoke]- pursuant to s93D(1)(a)-(e) 3 27 April 2016 27 April 2019

 

2012

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
TOP PUB CORRYONG PTY LTD (Court House Hotel Corryong) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(e) 7  7 May 2012 7 May 2019
Jayden STOCKWELL (Court House Hotel Corryong) pursuant to s92 (1)(a) – (e) 7 7 May 2012 7 May 2019
2006 - 2011

2010

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Thuy TRAN [The Meeting Point Bar & Restaurant] - pursuant s.92(1)(a)-(f) 10 23 March 2010 or extended date as ordered by VCAT 23 March 2020
Hung HOANG [The Meeting Point Bar & Restaurant] - pursuant s.92(1)(a)-(f) 10 23 March 2010 or extended date as ordered by VCAT 23 March 2020
CAFÉ HOLDINGS PTY LTD pursuant to s92 Life 30 December 2010 Life

2009

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
John NICHOLS (Blarney’s Celtic Affair) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(f) 15 1 May 2009 1 May 2024
Bill NGUYEN (323 Restaurant & Bar Karaoke) - pursuant to section 92(1)(a)-(f) 10 22 May 2009 22 May 2019
Duc CAO (323 Restaurant & Bar Karaoke) - pursuant to section 92(1)(a)-(f) 15 22 May 2009 22 May 2024
Lisa VINCENT (Blarney’s Celtic Affair) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(e) 10 31 August 2009 31 August 2019
Paul PAVLOVSKI (The Geelong Hotel) pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(e) 15 30 November 2009 30 November 2024

2008

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Kon ROUSSOS (La Porchetta) - pursuant to section 92(1) and sub - sections 92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive 15 2 September 2008 2 September 2023
Philip KALOS (La Porchetta, Colac) - pursuant to section 92(1) and sub - sections 92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive 15 2 September 2008 2 September 2023
Jack DOUMANI (Red Lion Hotel, Kilmore) - pursuant to section 92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive 15 17 November 2008 17 November 2023
Alexander MARKOVSKI (Gajda Junior Café & Grill Pty Ltd] pursuant to section 92(1)(a) to (f) 15 16 October 2008 16 October 2023

2007

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Mark LOUCHI (High Society Nitespot & Society 28) - pursuant to s92(1)(a) to (f) 15 6 March 2007 6 March 2022
Colin Mark RIBBONS (High Society Nitespot & Society 28) - pursuant to s92(1)(a) to (f) 15 6 March 2007 6 March 2022
Dwayne Michael LORD (Inkerman Hotel) - pursuant to s92(1)(a) to (f) 20 8 May 2007 8 May 2027
Simon SAYFE (Hugo Lounge Melbourne) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(f) 20 25 July 2007 25 July 2027
Mark Andrew CUNNINGHAM [Rex Hotel] - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(f) 15 12 December 2007 12 December 2022

2006

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Colin Lloyd HOLYOAK (Coopers Creek Coppermine Hotel) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive 15 10 November 2006 10 November 2021
1998 - 2005

2005

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Ersoy ARIF [Rage Events Pty Ltd] (High Society Nitespot & Society 28) pursuant to 92(1)(a) to (f) 15 23 May 2005

23 May 2020

Xavier David HOLDEN (Mt Macedon Hotel) - pursuant to s92(1)(a) to (f) 15 17 August 2005 17 August 2020

2003

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Justin Edward MORAN (Club Cartel) 20 16 March 2003 16 March 2023

2002

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
2002 John GATES (Diamonds Club) 20 15 July 2002 15 July 2022
Guner KOCKAYER (Diamonds Club) 20 15 July 2002 15 July 2022

2001

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Colin OCCHIETTI (Backstreet Bar) 25 22 June 2001 22 June 2026

2000

Company/Person Years of disqualification Date from Date to
Denis SMITH Life 28 September 2000 Life
Kerry ASHFORD Life 26 October 2000 Life

 

Disciplinary actions

Disciplinary actions have been taken against persons or companies found to be non-compliant under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and the Casino Control Act 1991.

See below list of current disciplinary actions against persons or companies:

2019
Person/ company Licence number Licence type Decision date Result
Club Tivoli - Deutscher Verein Melbourne Inc  V9210143 Venue operator 2 August 2019 Fined $500
Simon Shehata  C06103599 Casino special employee 6 September 2019 Cancellation
2018

Due to system maintenance, disciplinary action information is not currently available. This information is due to updated soon. Thanks for your patience!

2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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19 September 2019