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Statement regarding Shebeen closure

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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) did not take enforcement action to close the Shebeen venue in Melbourne.

No noise complaints have been made to the VCGLR relating to the venue in the last two years.

An infringement notice was issued by the VCGLR in late 2015 in relation to the venue supplying liquor in a way not permitted by its restaurant and cafe licence - not due to any noise complaints.

An infringement notice of this nature does not cancel or suspend a liquor licence and the decision to close the venue appears to be a business decision.

Restaurant and cafe licence holders are restricted to activities predominately related to the preparation and serving of meals for consumption on the premises. This includes:

  • Ensuring tables and chairs are available for at least 75 per cent of patrons attending the premises at any one time.
  • Not permitting the live performance of music or the playing of recorded music on the premises at higher than background level at any time outside ordinary trading hours.

Under Victoria's liquor licensing laws music can be performed or played by restaurants and cafes outside their ordinary trading hours as part of a function that is held in an area of the premises that is set aside for the exclusive use of persons who have booked a table in that area and their guests. The function can only be attended by those persons and their guests.

For more about obligations relating to different licence categories visit the Licensee obligations brochures page.

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Article last modified 
17 May 2018