Important changes to liquor licensing laws

On 5 June 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (the LGLA Act). The LGLA Act amends the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (LCR Act) which will mean a number of changes for liquor licensees. 

Some of these changes come into effect today (18 July 2018). These relate to:

  • licensees that were previously required to maintain an RSA register are no longer required to do so, however, relevant RSA training information is still required to be provided upon request
  • prohibition from displaying or causing to be displayed, static alcohol advertising within 150 metres of the perimeter of a school unless certain exemptions apply
  • changes to the factors under the LCR Act that may be taken into account when determining whether the effect of the grant, variation or relocation of a licence would detract from or be detrimental to the amenity of an area
  • under certain conditions a restaurant and cafe licensee may permit a person over the age of 18 to take unconsumed liquor that has been provided in the course of a meal away from the licensed premises. 

From 13 September 2018, the following changes will also come into effect. These include:

  • the prohibition of the supply of liquor to minors on a licensed premises
  • requirements regarding the supply of liquor to a minor by an adult in a private residence 
  • the prohibition of the delivery of liquor to a minor. 

Further legislative changes will come into effect on 1 March 2019 or earlier if proclaimed.