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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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for licensees

We are working with licensees, government departments, agencies and industry to implement a range of measures in response to coronavirus.

We appreciate that many of our licensees and their staff are struggling and want information about how these relief measures will be delivered. We are working rapidly to respond to these measures.

The following outlines the relevant restrictions and support in place relating to gambling and liquor licensees across Victoria.

 

Restrictions to trade

The following restrictions are currently in place affecting licensed venues:

  • registered and licensed clubs; licensed premises including hotels and pubs, entertainment venues and cinemas, casinos and nightclubs, gaming or gambling venues; adult entertainment premises such as strip clubs; licensed concert venues arenas, auditoriums and stadiums where performances are held must all close
  • restaurant and cafes (including food courts) are restricted to takeaway and delivery only

Bottle shops are permitted to remain open.

Measures to support licensees

Measures to support industry have been introduced, including:

  • waiving all Victorian liquor licensing application fees for 2020 and refunding (or waiving) the 2020 liquor licence renewal fees for affected businesses
  • streamlined processes for temporary limited licence applications finalised within 3 business days
  • waiver of application fees for temporary limited licences to allow businesses with an existing liquor licence to supply liquor for takeaway or delivery
  • allowing virtual classroom delivery of the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training by VCGLR approved Registered Training Organisations - approved RTOs now have access to interactive RSA workbooks and virtual delivery guidelines.

For details of all government announcements, see:

Prime Minister media centre
Victorian Premier media centre

Refunds and waivers of 2020 liquor licensing fees

The Victorian Government has announced a range of measures as part of its economic survival package in response to coronavirus, including reimbursing businesses that have paid their annual 2020 liquor licence or BYO permit renewal fee.

For more information, see: Refunds and waiver of 2020 liquor licensing fees

Temporary Limited Licence available to supply liquor off-premises - takeaway and delivery

We are streamlining temporary limited licence applications for the supply of liquor for takeaway and delivery. We will make every effort to determine these applications within 72 hours (3 business days).

There is no fee associated with this application.

Eligibility to apply

If you are a business with an existing liquor licence that does not already permit the supply of liquor for takeaway or delivery, you can apply for a temporary limited licence to do so.

The duration of the temporary limited licence is the earlier of 15 September 2020 or the date on which the State of Emergency declared in Victoria over COVID-19 ceases to be in force.

A temporary limited licence granted in these circumstances will be subject to certain limitations outlined below. These limitations are effective from 30 March 2020 and may be subject to further change as circumstances evolve.

Liquor quantity limitations

The quantity of liquor supplied under these temporary limited licence conditions must not exceed:

  • two 750ml bottles of wine, or
  • twelve containers (not more than 375ml per container) of beer, cider, or pre-mixed spirits (including cocktails), or
  • one 750ml bottle of wine and six containers (not more than 375ml per container) of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits (including cocktails).

These limitations are in place to reduce the risk of harm and reflect legislative requirements that mean we can only grant a temporary limited licence if the supply of liquor is limited in scale and scope.

Applications to increase these quantities may delay the processing of your application and result in possible refusal.

If you hold a general licence, packaged liquor licence, late night (general) licence or late night (packaged liquor) licence you can already supply liquor for takeaway or delivery, unless there is a condition on your licence that prohibits you from doing so, without a temporary limited licence.

Consideration will be made on a case by case basis to supply higher quantities of liquor only to pre-retail or existing renewable limited licence where supply is currently only permitted to other licensees.

Other limitations

If you hold either a BYO permit or restaurant and cafe licence, the supply of liquor with takeaway or by delivery must be with a meal.

Delivery of liquor

Delivery drivers should sight identification of persons receiving orders that include liquor to ensure they are not delivering to someone under the age of 18. There is no requirement to physically handle the identification produced.

Liquor licensees are also responsible for verifying the age of their customers for liquor supplied from their licensed premises, including in the case of delivery.

Making a temporary limited licence application

Licensees who wish to apply for a temporary limited licence can apply online, see: Temporary Limited Licence application

  • When applying you can set your first event date as the same date as you are applying
  • Once you have provided your licence details you will be prompted to choose an event type. Please select Internet, mail order, gift hampers as a sub-category.
  • Answer Yes to Internet Sales and No to all subsequent questions
  • For Event Occurrences choose the Date of last event using the date picker and add 2 months, this will default to a 6-week period. Your licence will then be granted until the earlier of 15 September 2020 or the date on which the Declared State of Emergency Victoria in response to COVID-19 on 16 March 2020 ceases to be in force.
  • In the Additional Information box please advise that this is about take-away/delivery for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Permanent liquor licence types

You hold a permanent liquor licence if you hold a:

  • BYO permit
  • Club licence (full club or restricted club)
  • General licence
  • Late night licence – specifically, a late night (general) licence, a late night (on-premises) licence, or a late night (packaged liquor) licence
  • On-premises licence
  • Restaurant and cafe licence
  • Packaged liquor licence
  • Pre-retail licence
  • Producer’s licence
  • Renewable limited licence

You do not hold a permanent liquor licence if you only hold either a temporary limited licence or a major event licence.

Temporary or major event licences

If you have been granted a licence for a temporary or major event and that event has been, or is likely to be, postponed due to coronavirus, we may be able to move your licence to a new date, free of charge. If you are cancelling your event and your application has already been assessed and a licence granted, please note that processes to refund application fees are still under consideration.

If we have received your application but not assessed it, and you advise us that you are cancelling your event, the application fee will be refunded as soon as processes to facilitate refunds are confirmed. Please email contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au for any enquiries.

More information and staying up to date

If you need customer assistance, you can contact our client services team by email to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au or by submitting an enquiry via our website.

Stay up to date with the latest information by subscribing to our newsletter, following us on social media via TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn and updating your details in the Liquor Portal

Page last modified 
2 April 2020