The Victorian Liquor Commission's enforcement takes enforcement action to ensure compliance with the law through specific and general deterrence.
The Victorian Liquor Commission has a graduated response to enforcement. Sanctions applied by the commission for non-compliance increase:
- with the severity of the breach including the degree of culpability of the offender and the risk or harm to the community from the breach
- if non-compliance continues or is repeated.
Referrals to other agencies
All matters relevant to infringements outside the will be referred to the appropriate enforcement agency. The commission will cooperate with the requests of those agencies and provide statements and evidence if required to do so.
Relationship with Victoria Police
The Victorian Liquor Commission operates in conjunction with Victoria Police, allowing the police to focus on the most serious examples of infringements of liquor laws and areas where known issues of violence and antisocial behaviour have occurred.
Compliance inspectors provide enforcement support to Victoria Police, working in partnership with them and exercising similar powers to enforce liquor licensing laws.
Inspectors can not arrest anyone, however they may enter a private home if they have a search warrant (this requires approval) or if the private home is situated on the licensed premises and the inspector has prior consent from the licensee to enter.
Enforcement actions tools
Risk management discussion
Used to highlight to licensees the areas of operation or practices that need to be addressed. It is not designed to deal with infringements under the Act or licence conditions but to manage the potential risks. Discussions can be used in conjunction with other enforcement options such as infringement or warning notices.
This discussion may include a verbal warning.
- An enforceable undertaking is a legal agreement where a person or organisation abides by certain conditions agreed to with the commission.
- A list of current enforceable undertakings can be found at the bottom of this page.
- A written warning gives the licensee the opportunity to voluntarily return their premises to a compliant state within a particular timeframe.
- These notices and letters are not part of a formal part of the legislation. However, they are used to track the history of licensees or other parties in terms of non-compliance and may be used at disciplinary proceedings should the non-compliance continue.
- This is issued when there is an infringement of licence conditions under the Act. Infringement notices are used instead of a court appearance. For example, if music is being played outside the hours specified on the licence or if loud or amplified music is detracting from the amenity of the surrounding area.
- Issues of non-compliance that require suspension or the disqualification of a licence is usually of a serious nature. The approval from the Victorian Liquor Commission is required before any disciplinary action occurs.
- Disciplinary action is focused on altering the behaviour for the protection of the public through a more tailored response specific to the licensee.
- A list of disqualified persons or companies can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Investigations take place when a serious or deliberate infringement of licence conditions occurs. An example includes the unlicensed sale of liquor or the supply of liquor in a manner other than what is on the liquor licence. In some cases, investigations can result in court proceedings.
- Approval is required from the Victorian Liquor Commission.
- Inspectors may not find any issues of non-compliance or they may use their discretion in reviewing the circumstances of the issue/s of non-compliance to take no further action.
Note: These tools may be used independently or in combination to achieve the appropriate outcome of compliance.
Register of undertakings
We have entered into undertakings with the businesses listed below.
24 January 2017 - JDOT Pty Ltd
The undertaking relates to compliance with an acoustic report which is attached to the undertaking.
3 August 2015 - Jack Poon trading as Karaoke Box Hit Studio
The undertaking is in place for three years from the date of signature by all parties.
Disqualified persons or companies
Several persons and companies have been disqualified from applying for, or holding, a liquor licence for a certain time period.
For a current list of persons and companies disqualified under the Liquor Control Act 1987 and the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, see below.
|Company / person||Years of disqualification||Date from||Date to|
|Steven Kyriacou (pursuant to s93D (1) (e)||1 year||1 July 2022||30 June 2023|
|Tomas Mesfun (pursuant to s93D (1) (e)||1 year||1 July 2022||30 June 2023|
|SP Burke Pty Ltd||5 years||13 February 2020||13 February 2025|
|Stephen Paul BURKE (SP Burke Pty Ltd) pursuant to 93D(1)(a)-(f)”||5 years||13 February 2020||13 February 2025|
|CAFÉ HOLDINGS PTY LTD pursuant to s92||Life||30 December 2010||Life|
|John NICHOLS (Blarney’s Celtic Affair) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(f)||15 years||1 May 2009||1 May 2024|
|Duc CAO (323 Restaurant & Bar Karaoke) - pursuant to section 92(1)(a)-(f)||15 years||22 May 2009||22 May 2024|
|Paul PAVLOVSKI (The Geelong Hotel) pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(e)||15 years||30 November 2009||30 November 2024|
|Kon ROUSSOS (La Porchetta) - pursuant to section 92(1) and sub - sections 92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive||15 years||2 September 2008||2 September 2023|
|Philip KALOS (La Porchetta, Colac) - pursuant to section 92(1) and sub - sections 92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive||15 years||2 September 2008||2 September 2023|
|Jack DOUMANI (Red Lion Hotel, Kilmore) - pursuant to section 92(1)(a)-(f) inclusive||15 years||17 November 2008||17 November 2023|
|Alexander MARKOVSKI (Gajda Junior Café & Grill Pty Ltd] pursuant to section 92(1)(a) to (f)||15 years||16 October 2008||16 October 2023|
|Dwayne Michael LORD (Inkerman Hotel) - pursuant to s92(1)(a) to (f)||20 years||8 May 2007||8 May 2027|
|Simon SAYFE (Hugo Lounge Melbourne) - pursuant to s92(1)(a)-(f)||20 years||25 July 2007||25 July 2027|
|Colin OCCHIETTI (Backstreet Bar)||25 years||22 June 2001||22 June 2026|
|Denis SMITH||Life||28 September 2000||Life|
|Kerry ASHFORD||Life||26 October 2000||Life|
Reviewed 02 April 2023