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.
Objects of the Liquor Control Act 1988
- To regulate the sale, supply and consumption of liquor;
- To minimise harm or ill-health caused to people, or any group of people, due to the use of liquor;
- To cater for the requirements of consumers for liquor and related services, with regard to the proper development of the liquor industry, the tourism industry and other hospitality industries in the State.
- To facilitate the use and development of licensed facilities, including their use and development for the performance of live original music, reflecting the diversity of the requirements of consumers in the State;
- To provide adequate controls over, and over the persons directly or indirectly involved in, the sale, disposal and consumption of liquor;
- To provide a flexible system, with as little formality or technicality as may be practicable, for the Administration of the Act.
Liquor Control Act