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Relevant legislation for the liquor industry.
Since Western Australia's foundation in 1829, the State's liquor laws have evolved and matured to mirror the growth, development and changing expectations of the population.
In total, 11 different reviews of the liquor licensing laws, culminating with the Liquor and Gaming Legislation Amendment Act being ratified in State Parliament in December of 2006, have provided a legislative framework that focuses
on regulating the production, sale, supply and consumption of liquor in Western Australia.
Western Australia's liquor laws are defined in the Liquor Control Act 1988, which regulates the sale, supply and consumption of liquor, the use of premises on which liquor is sold, and the services and facilities provided in conjunction with
the sale of liquor.
The Act also focuses strongly on minimising harm or ill-health caused to people, or any group of people due to the use of liquor.
This legislation offers flexibility in regards to where and when liquor can be supplied and consumed in accordance with the ever-changing demands of a modern and diverse community, and the requirements of the tourism industry, consistent with the
principles of harm-minimisation.
The foundations of the State's liquor laws are built on strong offence provisions relating to the sale of liquor, juveniles, public interest, drunkenness, security, anti-social behaviour, community amenity and trading hours.
Liquor Control Act
The Liquor Control Act 1988 regulates the sale, supply and
consumption of liquor, the use of premises on which liquor is sold and
the services and facilities provided in conjunction with, or ancillary
to the sale of liquor in order to minimise
harm or ill-health caused to people due to the use of
Phase 2 – effective 3 October 2018
Phase 1 – effective 18 August 2018
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