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Acknowledgement of Country

Liquor Control Victoria proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples and Traditional Owners and custodians of the land.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to ancestors of this country, Elders, knowledge holders and leaders – past, present, and emerging.

We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is Aboriginal land; always was, always will be.

Since 2012, liquor was regulated by an independent statutory authority together with gaming and the casino.

From 1 July 2022 a dedicated liquor regulator, the Victorian Liquor Commission (VLC), was established by the government through legislation.

The VLC is supported in the exercise of its functions by dedicated staff in a business unit of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS).

Collectively, the VLC and these DJCS staff are referred to as Liquor Control Victoria (LCV).

Under delegation from the VLC, LCV staff perform some of the functions set out in the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (LCRA).

Following establishment, LCV is now defining its vision, goals, and strategic priorities as Victoria’s new dedicated liquor regulator, supported by a three-year strategic plan.

LCV’s environment is characterized by ongoing change including:

  • New business models and industry practices such as online delivery;
  • New social and economic expectations as Victoria emerges from the pandemic; and
  • New regulatory and policy developments, including new harm related provisions in the LCRA, the end to a long-standing freeze on some late-night liquor licences, and the decriminalisation of public intoxication.