Applications for new liquor licences; the removal of existing licences;
and applications for permits such as ongoing hours permits must be accompanied by a public interest
It is up to the applicant to determine how much information they
include in their public interest assessment when they lodge their application with the
A public interest assessment outlines how a proposed premises will
impact on a community and provide an outline of how the applicant will
manage any impact.
Applicants for an ongoing hours extended trading permit must, in accordance with
section 38 of the Liquor Control Act, convince the licensing authority
that their application is in the best interests of the public by
completing a PIA. While the Act does not provide for different tests for
different application types the specific nature of the documentation
and evidence provided in support of applications for these types of
permits is likely to be different from the grant of a new licence.
The successful completion of a public interest assessment is not intended to be a complicated process, and it is important to note that there is no provision within the Liquor Control Act 1988 that states that public interest assessments be prepared by legal counsel or industry consultants.
Applicants can complete their own public interest assessment by following the guidelines provided within the Public Interest Assessment Policy,
and by taking a common-sense approach to their submission and liaising
with the relevant key stakeholders and interest groups in the community.
A form is
available to assist applicants in the preparation of a public interest assessment submission
which sets out the criteria contained in the Director of Liquor
Licensing’s Public Interest Assessment Policy in a questionnaire
The licensing authority can request further information
from the applicant should it be determined that specific aspects of the
PIA need more detailed consideration.
An applicant must lodge a
public interest assessment submission to support their application
for a liquor licence, which outlines information on the premises impact
on a number of factors including, but not limited to:
Director's public interest assessment policy including a guide that can
assist applicants compile public interest assessments is available
Do not submit enquiries with this form.