Getting a Liquor Licence in Australia

Getting a Liquor Licence in Australia

Selling and consuming alcohol is a big industry in Australia. However, without the proper liquor licence, a business or individual could face penalties in Australia.

Who needs a liquor licence in Australia?

Liquor licences are required by any business in Australia that wants to sell alcoholic products to their customers.

This includes alcohol sales from pubs and restaurants in the entertainment sector, as well as over the counter sales from liquor stores and other retail outlets.

A liquor licence is sometimes even required for patrons to consume alcohol on a premises, even if the alcohol is not being directly sold by the business.

Know your local liquor laws

Alcohol sales in Australia are heavily regulated and taxed. Depending on the circumstances and location, selling alcohol can require a range of liquor licences. These include federal government level importation licences, state government liquor distribution licences and trading hours, and even local regulations for noise and property zoning.

State by state, liquor licences vary widely. One of the few constants is the federal law that alcohol cannot be legally sold to anyone aged below 18 years. However, in some states such as Victoria, an underage person can consume or possess alcohol within a private residence if they are under the supervision of an adult.

There are unique arrangements that vary state-to-state in Australia. So when seeking to obtain a liquor licence, it is vital to consider what requirements there are for the location in question.

Where can you get a liquor licence in Australia?

The alcohol industry is regulated at the federal level by the Department of Health and at state level by ministries such as Western Australia’s Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. At local level, local government councils regulate alcohol-based businesses as well.

Also see Applying for a Liquor Licence in Victoria.

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