To protect the solemn observance of ANZAC Day, trading hours for licensed venues are restricted on the morning of ANZAC Day.
Late night trading venues such as nightclubs, pubs and bars across the state that would normally trade between 3am and midday are required to cease the supply of alcohol at 3am on ANZAC Day.
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) inspectors will be out visiting venues on the day to check they are abiding by their permitted trading hours and ensuring the responsible supply of alcohol and gaming is observed throughout the day.
If you have applied and been approved to trade and supply gambling and liquor before 12pm on ANZAC Day, ensure your licence is ready for inspection alongside your letter of support from RSL Victoria.
Gaming venues are reminded to be aware that there are specific restrictions on gaming trade during ANZAC Day.
Penalties may apply for licensees who ignore these obligations.
Returned Services League (RSL) Clubs and Sub-branches:
RSL clubs that wish to supply liquor before midday on ANZAC Day and have not got a permanent variation on their liquor licence will need to apply for a temporary limited licence.The submission should provide information on how trade prior to 12pm on ANZAC Day would be connected to commemorative services and be consistent with the solemn observance of the day. Submissions can be sent to GPO 1988, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, or via the contact us enquiry form.
Venues hosting commemorative activities on ANZAC Day
Venues seeking to host commemorative actives between 3am and 12pm on ANZAC Day are required to meet strict guidelines including how the event:
In order to host one of these activities outside of your normal trading hours you are required to apply for a temporary limited liquor licence.
Venues are also required to provide a letter of support from the RSL or RSL sub-branch, please ensure the letter contains the following:
Two-up in Victoria is only authorised on ANZAC Day or seven days before if it is being conducted as part of a commemorative event.
The conduct of two-up and where it is played during this period must be approved by RSL Victoria.
Traditionally two-up is usually conducted at either an RSL Club or other location such as a hotel where the two-up can only be conducted on behalf of a RSL or RSL sub branch.
Conduct of two-up without authorisation is a breach of 2.2.1 of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and carries a potential penalty of 1000 penalty unit and or 2 years imprisonment.
For more information read our ANZAC Day fact sheet. (PDF, 200.39 KB)