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Extended ordinary trading hours on New Year’s Eve

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Ordinary trading hours under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 include extended trading for New Year’s Eve in relation to certain licences.

It is the decision of the affected licensees as to whether or not they wish to make use of the extended trading hours for New Year’s Eve. However, in making this decision, licensees must consider any relevant licence conditions or related planning permits.

The following licences can trade from 11pm on 31 December to 1am on 1 January The following licences can trade from 11pm on 31 December to 3am on 1 January
  • on-premises
  • late night (on-premises)
  • BYO permits
  • general (for consumption on the licensed premises)
  • late night (general) (for consumption on the licensed premises)
  • full club (for the supply of liquor to a member of a club, an authorised gaming visitor, or a guest of a member for consumption on the licensed premises)
  • restaurant and cafe
  • on-premises - subject to restaurant conditions
  • late night (on-premises) - subject to restaurant conditions.
More information

If you require more information about extended trading hours for New Year's Eve please view the New Year's Eve fact sheet.

Other public holiday restrictions

There are two and a half restricted trading days each year:

All liquor licensees should check the conditions on their licence to determine whether these days affect their trading hours.

Page last modified 
31 July 2019