Feedback from businesses on liquor regulation and the submission to the review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998

Overview


Red tape issues

Over the course of 2016, businesses and industry groups raised 40 red tape issues relating to the regulation of liquor. These liquor-related issues touch on many aspects of the regulatory architecture for liquor in Victoria, including the design of the Act and its Regulations, the roles of relevant regulators including the VCGLR, Victorian Police and local councils, approval processes and other aspects relating to the practical implementation of the Act.

The Red Tape Commissioner made a submission to the review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 in January 2017 to share information on the 40 liquor red tape issues raised to date. These issues will be considered by the Department of Justice who will identify ways to reduce red tape and regulatory burden.

Information on the review and submissions can be accessed from the Engage Victoria website. The Red Tape Commissioner’s submission can also be accessed directly. 

Current status

The Department of Justice is undertaking a review of the Act with the aim of identifying ways to reduce red tape and regulatory burden. The review will ensure that Victoria has the right laws to support our liquor and hospitality industries, including our attractive café, restaurant, pub, club, bar and night-life culture.

The review will also assess the effectiveness of the Act’s harm minimisation measures, including the degree to which they can play a part in minimising the incidence of family violence, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The review will not, however, consider or recommend introducing lock-outs for late-trading licensed premises.