As a liquor licensee in Victoria you must meet all of your general obligations under the law, including planning, RSA and other training, and your specific liquor licence conditions.
Licensees and their staff need to be vigilant when checking identification (ID).
Resources are available to help licencees understand responsible advertising and promotion of liquor.
The demerit point and star rating systems are designed to improve compliance with liquor laws and encourage responsible industry practices.
Liquor licensees have a responsibility to provide a safe venue for patrons. Both licensees and staff should watch out for drink spiking.
Liquor fees are charged for licence applications, and fines may be imposed for breaches of liquor laws.
Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption on-site are required to provide free drinking water.
It is an offence for a licensee or permittee to supply liquor to a person in a state of intoxication. It is also an offence to permit drunken or disorderly persons to be on any licensed premises.
Liquor Control Victoria's compliance inspectors monitor licensed premises throughout Victoria to ensure that licensees are compliant with their liquor licence conditions.
Trading hours on Good Friday and Anzac Day vary for different liquor licences.
Selected liquor licence categories can apply to extend their hours of trading to 1am.
Liquor licensees need to define the area they want liquor to be supplied and consumed. This is shown by a red line drawn on a plan of the premises - a red line plan.
Signs are useful for notifying staff and customers of their legal requirements and the fines for breaking liquor laws.
The legal drinking age in Victoria is 18 years. It's illegal to supply alcohol to underage people on licensed premises and a minor to be on licensed premises to purchase or consume alcohol.
Some liquor licensees are legally required to report their wholesale liquor sales data each year.
Liquor licensees need to be aware of licence conditions they may have for security cameras and crowd controllers.
Obligations on licensees regarding the supply of packaged liquor to a person who makes an off-premises (mail, email, telephone, web/internet or other electronic communication) request.
Licensees who deliver packaged liquor bought off-premises, via phone or online, must keep and supply records regarding their deliveries.
Find out about intoxication guidelines for same day liquor deliveries, and how to decide whether to refuse delivery of a liquor order.
Reviewed 20 September 2023