LGLA Act: Important changes effective July and September 2018, May 2019 for liquor licensees

By Tim Goode

The Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 is amending the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 and some of the changes have already come into effect on 18 July 2018.

These changes relate to licensees which were previously required to maintain an RSA register and are no longer required to do so (relevant RSA training information remains required upon request) and the prohibition from displaying static alcohol advertising within 150 metres of a school perimeter unless certain exemptions apply.

The changes to factors under the LCR Act related to whether the effect of the grant, variation or relocation of a license would detract from or be detrimental to the area amenity have also come into effect, as well as certain conditions a restaurant or café licensee may permit a person over 18 years old to take unconsumed liquor which has been provided in the course of a meal away from the licensed premises.

Several changes will come into effect on 1 March 2019 or earlier if proclaimed, including the amendments to the transfer of a liquor license or BYO permit which will take effect on the date the VCGLR grants the application or the date on which the transferee obtains the legal right to occupy the premises, whichever is later. Other changes that will come into effect on 1 March 2019 are the automatic removal of demerit points on transfer of license or BYO permit and the ability of the VCGLR to grant applications before applicants obtain the relevant planning approval from their local council.

The LGLA Act also amends the Gambling Regulation Act 2003. The amending legislation includes the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Act 2017, Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 and Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act. The amendments create a new scheme to facilitate the allocation of post-2022 EGM entitlements, including the applicable taxation rates and the distribution of entitlements between club and hotel venue operators.

Other amendments include changes in the paying out of EGM winnings and accumulated credits, cashless gaming, club entitlements and assignment agreements, access to cash facilities in a gaming venue, responsible Gaming Codes of Conduct and Self-Exclusion Programs, cashing of cheques, payment of unpaid jackpots to Responsible Gambling Fund and conditions imposed on approvals of a new premises as suitable for gaming and applications to increase the number of EGMs at an existing gaming venue.

To know more about the changes for liquor licensees, click here and speak to experts who specialise in the hospitality industry. Seeking professional advice could prove to be an important and helpful decision. We are big believers in the use of professional tools to manage your business. The right tools can streamline your processes so that the business is best placed to trade profitably.

Source: Legislation.vic.gov.au

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