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Here you'll find fact sheets on a range of liquor licensing topics.
Responsible liquor advertising and promotion fact sheet
This fact sheet sets clear standards for the conduct of licensees in relation to responsible liquor advertising and promotions.
Advertising packaged liquor licence application guidelines (PDF, 246.77 KB)
The following guidelines apply to all applications for the grant, variation or relocation of a packaged liquor licence.
ANZAC Day trading hours fact sheet
Restrictions on trading hours on ANZAC Day.
BYO permit for party buses fact sheet
Some commercially operated party buses that take pre-bookings and allow passengers to bring their own alcohol on board are required to apply for a BYO permit.
Barring powers fact sheet (PDF, 238.28 KB)
Licensees have a responsibility to not allow drunk, violent or quarrelsome persons to enter or remain on their licensed premises. To assist licensees, there are three options available to licensees when it comes to barring/banning troublesome patrons.
Breaches under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 fact sheet
A list of liquor related breaches and associated penalties which are provided for under the Act.
Liquor licence options for clubs sharing facilities fact sheet (PDF, 214.22 KB)
Clubs that are interested in reducing the cost of holding a liquor licence may like to consider the options set out in this fact sheet.
Demerit points system fact sheet (PDF, 420.67 KB)
The demerit points system will contribute to improved compliance with liquor laws and a responsible liquor industry.
Liquor licence fees fact sheet (PDF, 351.57 KB)
Sets out the fees that are charged on making an application for a liquor licence, and a range of other activities relating to the licensing system as provided for under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Fire safety in licensed premises
The fact sheet explains the importance of ensuring licensed premises are safe from a serious fire threat.
Sample house rules for packaged liquor licences (PDF, 476.76 KB)
The code of conduct for packaged liquor licences states that you must develop a set of house rules for your packaged liquor business.
Incident report template (PDF, 34.49 KB)
This template can be used to record incidents at your venue.
Intoxication guidelines (PDF, 317.38 KB)
These Intoxication guidelines are issued pursuant to Section 3AB (2) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act), to help licensees serve alcohol responsibly. The guidelines contain information about how to determine if a person is in a state of intoxication and how to refuse service.
Licence conditions for live music venues fact sheet (PDF, 318.36 KB)
Licensed premises which provide live music entertainment and currently have licence conditions requiring crowd controllers when live music is provided can apply to have their licence conditions varied by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
Licensees’ Action Plan (PDF, 221 KB)
The Licensees’ Action Plan is a resource to assist licensees in planning ahead for peak times during the year e.g. School leaver period, Spring Carnival, O-Week activities, end of your celebrations etc. It’s smart to plan ahead. Here are some key actions to consider and help you and your staff get ready.
Major event fact sheet (PDF, 247.1 KB)
For events that are likely to have a significant impact on the community and local area, licensees need to implement additional measures to ensure public and patron safety.
Management plan fact sheet
For applicants seeking to vary their licence conditions for a live music venue and applicants subject to the late night liquor licence freeze in the municipalities of Melbourne (including the district known as Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip.
Maximum patron capacity fact sheet (PDF, 279.25 KB)
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has a maximum patron capacity policy that guides how patron capacity is determined for a liquor licence.
Minors on licensed premises
Liquor licensees or permittees wishing to hold events that are open to minors (persons under 18 years of age) in licensed premises must submit either an application or a notification to the VCGLR, depending on whether the event includes live music.
New Year' Eve fact sheet (PDF, 764.21 KB)
To help licensees plan for New Years's Eve, advise of extended trading hours and serve alcohol responsibly by implementing additional voluntary measures.
BYO permit for party buses fact sheet
Some commercially operated party buses that take pre-bookings and allow passengers to bring their own alcohol on board are now required to apply for a BYO permit.
Payment of liquor licence and BYO permit annual renewal fees
All permanent liquor licences and BYO permits incur an annual fee as provided for under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Plans of licensed premises fact sheet
When a liquor licence is granted, it is for a defined area. This area is shown by a red line drawn on a plan of the premises, submitted with the application, and approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. This fact sheet sets out the requirements of such a plan.
Modifications to plans of licensed premises
If a licensee or permittee wishes to increase or decrease the size of a licensed premises, or change the perimeter of a licensed premises, they must apply to the VCGLR for permission to do so. If the VCGLR grants the application, the change will be reflected by amending the red-line on the plan of the licensed premises.
Guidelines for displaying Public Notice (PDF, 195.54 KB)
The public notice must be displayed in a manner that invites public attention to the application on the main street frontage of the site or premises in a visible position and at eye level. This fact sheet acts as a guide for applicants to ensure they are displaying their required public notice correctly.
Residents' registers on licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 217.46 KB)
A residents' register must be kept on licensed premises where accommodation is provided by holders of a general licence, a late night (general) licence, an on-premises licence, or a late night (on-premises) licence.
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) obligations poster (PDF, 188.31 KB)
This is a voluntary poster, designed to remind staff about RSA obligations and techniques of how to refuse service. We encourage you to display this poster in your staff room, kitchen or training room where it is visible to staff. You are not legally required to display this poster.
Required signage for licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 1.08 MB)
It is important that licensees and the community be aware of Victorian liquor laws relating to underage drinking, drunkenness and public safety issues. The signage outlined here is made available by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, to assist in this regard.
Safe function guidelines fact sheet (PDF, 468.63 KB)
Safe function guidelines to support licensees holding functions such as weddings, birthdays, award nights, debutante balls etc. The guidelines set out licensees’ legal obligations as well as providing guidance on recommended best practice for functions on topics such as Responsible Service of Alcohol, minors, security and other areas and were developed in consultation with industry.
Safe function sample house policy (DOCX, 20.23 KB)
Sample function house policy as a resource for licensees. This can be adapted to your specific requirements. Feel free to add further best practice measures to assist in the delivery of a successful and safe function.
School Leavers and Summer - Licensees’ Action Plan (PDF, 221 KB)
Summer means more end of year parties, more celebrations and larger crowds. It’s smart to plan ahead. Here are some key actions to consider and help you and your staff get ready.
Star rating system fact sheet (PDF, 420.93 KB)
The star rating system provides greater incentives for licensees to comply with Victoria's liquor licensing laws.
Start of season self-audit (PDF, 208.49 KB)
The start of the season is the best time to check your liquor licence responsibilities. To help you prepare, we have developed the Start of Season Self-Audit. Complete this checklist and display the poster (PDF, 77.17 KB) to let your members know your club is liquor licence ready.
Training for licence applicants fact sheet
Licence applicants are required to complete an approved course that covers understanding the liquor law and Responsible Service of Alcohol. This fact sheet sets out who has to complete the new entrant training.
Temporary limited licence fact sheet
A temporary limited licence authorises the licensee to supply liquor at the times and subject to the conditions specified in the licence. This fact sheet sets out when a temporary limited licence will be required to supply liquor within Victoria.
Understanding your liquor licence fact sheet (PDF, 266.06 KB)
This information sheet aims to help licensees understand and comply with their licence conditions.
Venue Handbook (PDF, 1.07 MB)
This handbook has been developed to assist licensees to record incidents and other matters that may be relevant to the operation of their venues.
Mandatory water fact sheet (PDF, 136.65 KB)
Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption on-site are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. How water is supplied is left to the discretion of the licensee. Failure to supply free drinking water could attract substantial fines.
Wine and beer producer's licence fact sheet (PDF, 173.71 KB)
The wine and beer producer's fact sheet describes the different activities that are permitted under this licence category.