Licence types and trading hours

Information on the types of licences and their trading hours.

This information is provided as a guide for users to determine to understand what licence types are available and which might be most relevant for a specific business plan.

The  Liquor Control Act 1988 provides for 11 different types of liquor licence in Western Australia. Each licence category varies in permitted trading hours and the manner in which liquor can be sold and supplied to the community.  Licences can also contain further conditions than those detailed below.

Licence types:

Casino liquor licence

A casino liquor licence authorises the sale of liquor for consumption at a casino or any other venue enclosed in the casino complex.

The permitted licensed area must be approved by the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia.

The conditions of a casino liquor licence may mean particular areas of the complex trade similar to other licence types such as a nightclub or hotel.

In Western Australia, Crown Casino is currently the only licensed premises operating under a casino liquor licence.

Trading hours

The permitted trading hours for a casino licence are determined by the Director of Liquor Licensing in conjunction with the Gaming and Wagering Commission.

Club and club restricted

Club

A club consists of a body or group of persons who join together to further some sporting, social, political, literary or other legitimate aim.

A club licence under section 48 of the Act, authorises the sale and supply of liquor to members of the club. In essence, the supply of liquor is secondary to the primary objects of the club.

There are two types of club licences under section 48 of the Act. Each licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor to members of the club, their bona fide invited guests and visitors.

Club restricted

A club restricted licence is a club licence that has the following restrictions:

  • It may not sell packaged liquor; and
  • The trading hours are specified in the conditions of the licence.

Conditions

Both a club and club restricted licence are subject to the following conditions:

  • An up to date register of members must be available for inspection at the club premises.
  • The club must ensure that its rules are not contravened.

In respect to the sale and supply of liquor, liquor may only be sold and supplied to:

  • A member of the licensee club and to the guests of that member in the company of that member, for consumption of the licensed premises. A member cannot be accompanied by more than five guests (or other number imposed on the licence) at any one time.
  • A member holding a private function at the club with an unlimited number of guests, if the sale of liquor is at the expense of the member (i.e. guests cannot purchase their own drinks). This is only authorised if the club constitution provides for it.
  • A member and the guests of that member (without limitation to number) can be served liquor ancillary to a meal supplied by the licensee club (in accordance with the constitution).
  • A visitor.  A visitor is a person, other than a member, who is at least 40km from their usual place of residence, is visiting the club whilst travelling in the course of a holiday, leisure or business and is required to pay a fee to the club.  This is only authorised if the club constitution provides for it.

Trading hours

The trading hours for each club restricted licence is determined individually by the Director of Liquor Licensing.

Trading hours for club licence
DayOpenCloseGeneral conditions
Monday to Friday6:00am
12 midnight**to 12:30am if sold ancillary to a meal supplied by the licensee
Saturday6:00am1:00am on Sunday 
Sunday10:00am10:00pm 
New Year's Eve (Monday to Saturday)6:00am2:00am 
New Year's Eve (Sunday)Until 1 am New Years Eve morning then from 10:00am
2:00am New Year's Day 
Good Friday No permitted trading hours after 12:30am Good Friday morningAncillary to a meal only
Christmas DayUntil 12:30am Christmas morning then from 12 noon
10:00pmAncillary to a meal only
ANZAC Day (Monday to Saturday)12 noon12 midnight 
ANZAC Day (Sunday)Until 1:00am ANZAC Day morning then from 12 noon
10:00pm 

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Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

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Hotel, hotel restricted, tavern and tavern restricted

The Act provides for the grant of a hotel licence, hotel restricted licence, tavern licence and a tavern restricted licence. However, they are all referred to as a hotel licence and vary in the manner of trade and trading restrictions in accordance with section 41 of the Act. These are outlined below.

Hotel

Authorise the sale and supply of liquor, for consumption on and off the licensed premises and must provide accommodation.

Hotel restricted

Authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only (i.e. no packaged liquor sales except to a lodger and only in such quantities that might be reasonably consumed by that lodger on that day). It is also subject to the conditions that it provides accommodation.

Tavern

Authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on and off the licensed premises. A holder of a tavern licence does not need to provide accommodation.

Tavern restricted

Authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises only (i.e. no packaged liquor sales). A holder of a tavern restricted licence does not need to provide accommodation.

Trading hours

Trading hours for hotel, hotel restricted, tavern and tavern restricted licences
DayOpenCloseGeneral conditions
Monday to Saturday6:00am12 midnight 
Sunday10:00am12 midnight 
New Year's Eve (Monday to Saturday)6:00am2:00am New Year's Day
 
New Year's Eve (Sunday)10:00am 2:00am New Year's Day 
Good Friday12:00 noon10:00pmAncillary to a meal only
Christmas Day12:00 noon10:00pmAncillary to a meal only
ANZAC Day
12:00 noon12 midnight 

In respect to a hotel and hotel restricted licence the licensee is authorised to sell liquor to a lodger at any time.

Unconsumed wine

If wine is sold for consumption on the licensed premises with a meal, provided by the licensee, a person may remove any unconsumed portion of that wine from the licensed premises when they leave (s 110(6A)).

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Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

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Liquor store

A liquor store licence under section 47 of the Act authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. This includes situations where the liquor is being sold online to the general public.

Provision of tastings

An application for a liquor store can include a request to authorise free tastings. Free tastings are permitted for:

  • Consumption on a part of the licensed premises as approved by the licensing authority.
  • For consumption off the premises.

The sample amounts that can be offered by licensees when conducting tastings are:

  • Wine 50ml
  • Beer 100ml
  • Spirits 15ml

Tastings on other licensed premises (wine and food shows)

Section 59A of the Act authorises a liquor store licence to supply free samples on the licensed premises of another licensee, with the agreement of the other licensee and sell packaged liquor (by way of order) on the licensed premises of the other licensee, provided the liquor is delivered to the purchaser from the licensed premises of the licensee or interstate supplier.

Trading hours

The permitted trading hours for liquor stores located in the Perth metropolitan region
DayOpenClose
Monday to Saturday8:00am10:00pm
Sunday10:00am10:00pm
Good Friday
No permitted trading hours 
Christmas DayNo permitted trading hours 
ANZAC Day12 noon10:00pm
The permitted trading hours for liquor stores not located in the Perth metropolitan region
DayOpenClose
Monday to Saturday8:00am10:00pm
SundayNo permitted trading hours 
Good FridayNo permitted trading hours 
Christmas DayNo permitted trading hours 
ANZAC Day12 noon10:00pm

Metropolitan region

The Perth Metropolitan Region Scheme is defined by the WA Planning Commission.

Related policies

Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

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Nightclub

A nightclub licence under section 42 of the Act authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises. A nightclub licence is subject to the condition that liquor may only be sold ancillary to continuous live entertainment provided by one of more artists present in person performing there, or by way of recorded music presented by a DJ.

Trading hours

The permitted trading hours for a nightclub
DayOpenClose
Monday to Saturday6:00pm5:00am on the next day
Sunday8:00pm2:00am on the next day
New Year's Eve (on a Sunday)8:00pm5:00am on the next day
Good FridayNo permitted trading hours after 3:00am 
Christmas Day (other than a Monday)No permitted trading hours after 3:00am 
Christmas Day (Monday)No permitted trading hours after 2:00am 
ANZAC Day Nightclubs must close at 3:00am on ANZAC Day, then reopen in accordance with normal trading hours


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Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

Director of Liquor Licensing

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Occasional

An occasional licence under section 59 of the Act is granted for an event that can not be covered under another type of licence. An occasional licence allows an individual, a group of people, a company or an incorporated association the ability to supply and sell liquor to people attending an event.

Trading hours

There are no specific trading hours set out under the Act for occasional licences. However, when assessing an application the start and finish times, as well as the duration of the period in which liquor will be consumed are considered to ensure harm minimisation principles are adhered to.

Related policies

Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

Director of Liquor Licensing

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Producer

A producer’s licence under section 55 of the Act primarily authorises the licensee to sell liquor that has actually been produced by, or under the control or direction of, that person. However, the licensee is also authorised to sell or supply liquor, other than liquor produced by the licensee if the liquor is consumed ancillary to a meal in a dining area on the licensed premises or for the purpose of tastings.

Requirements to be met

Wine is deemed to be produced by the licensee if it was fermented from produce grown on the property of the licensed premises or the fermentation process occurred at the licensed premises.  Spirits distilled from wine must either be distilled on the licensed premises or distilled under the control or direction of the licensee.

Beer and other spirits must be brewed/distilled on the licensed premises to be deemed liquor produced by the licensee.

A wholesaler must maintain a record of all transactions entered into by or on behalf of the licensee involving the sale or purchase of liquor. A return of all liquor transactions made during the previous financial year is due by 31 July each year.

Consumption on the premises

Generally, a producer’s licence is authorised to sell and supply take-away liquor for consumption off the licensed premises.

A producer's licence can also include an area on the licensed premises for the conduct of tastings or consumption subject to appropriate facilities such as toilets being available and local health and planning approvals having been issued.

Liquor not produced by the licensee can only be sold if it is ancillary to a meal or for the purposes of tastings.

What is considered to be a 'genuine producer' under the Act

Wine

The licensing authority must be satisfied that there is a sufficient yield from the vineyard/orchard or apiary to enable the applicant to be regarded as a genuine producer of liquor (tonnage sufficient to produce 5000 bottles of liquor).

Beer

Beer producers must possess commercial grade and scale of production facilities which involve the processing and fermentation of grain and encompasses the entire brewing process.

Spirits

Spirit producers must possess commercial grade and scale of production facilities in order to distil base products to produce spirits.

Telephone and internet sales

A licensee of a producer’s licence is also authorised to sell liquor produced by the licensee from any place if the sale of liquor is made by way of a telephone or the internet and the liquor sold in that manner is delivered to the purchaser, or to premises specified by the purchaser, from the licensed premises or an approved off-site storage location.

Conditions relating to blending and cleanskins

The holder of a producer’s licence cannot lawfully purchase wine that has been produced by another person and then label or re-label that wine for subsequent sale, as the wine would not constitute liquor that has been genuinely produced by that person.

Where a licensed producer authorised to sell wine, purchases wine for the purposes of blending, at least 50% of the blended wine must come from wine produced by the licensee, so that the final product is unique to that person’s own produce.

Similarly, if the holder of a producer’s licence buys wine already bottled (for example cleanskins) and then allows it to mature in the bottle, this is not considered to be production of wine, and the person cannot sell that wine under a producer’s licence.

Tastings on other licensed premises

Section 59A of the Act authorises a producer’s licence to supply free samples on the licensed premises of another licensee, with the agreement of the other licensee and sell packaged liquor (by way of order) on the licensed premises of the other licensee, provided the liquor is delivered to the purchaser from the licensed premises of the licensee or interstate supplier.

The sample amounts that can be offered by licensees when conducting tastings are:

  • Wine 50 ml
  • Beer 100 ml
  • Spirits 15 ml

Unconsumed wine

If wine is sold for consumption on the licensed premises with a meal, provided by the licensee, a person may remove any unconsumed portion of that wine from the licensed premises when they leave (s 110(6A)).

Trading hours

Generally, a licensee is authorised by a producer’s licence to trade at any time. However, with respect to ANZAC Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday and beer sold for consumption on the licensed premises the following trading hours apply:

  • On ANZAC Day, trading can occur between 12 noon and 12 midnight.

  • On Christmas Day and Good Friday, trading can occur between 12 noon and 10 pm ancillary to a meal supplied by the licensee (where consumption other than tastings has been authorised).

  • The sale of beer and spirits for consumption on the licensed premises, where authorised, between 10 am and 10 pm (Christmas Day, ANZAC Day and Good Friday hours above also apply.)


Related policies

Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

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Restaurant

A restaurant licence under section 50 of the Act, authorises the sale and supply of liquor to persons on the licensed premises for consumption with a meal supplied by the licensee.

In essence, the business should be focused on the regular supply of genuine meals. The supply of liquor should be secondary to this.

The premises must have a kitchen for preparing food. It must also have sufficient toilet facilities for patrons and staff. In addition, the dining area must always be set up with tables and chairs for dining.

The licensing authority may impose certain conditions on the grant of a restaurant licence to ensure the nature of the business conducted under the licence conforms with representations made to the licensing authority when applying for the grant of the licence or other proceedings under the Act.

Licensees need to be careful when advertising the business to ensure that liquor is not used as an attraction to the premises.

Trading hours

Trading hours for restaurant licences
DayHoursGeneral conditions
Monday to SundayAt any timeAncillary to a meal only
New Year's Eve At any timeAncillary to a meal only
Good FridayAt any timeAncillary to a meal only
Christmas DayAt any timeAncillary to a meal only
ANZAC DayUntil 3:00am ANZAC Day morning then any time after 12 noon ANZAC Day
Ancillary to a meal only

Unconsumed wine

A person may bring their own liquor onto licensed premises (with the consent of the licensee), to consume it with a meal provided by the licensee. A person may also remove any unconsumed portion of that liquor from the licensed premises when they leave, regardless of whether they purchased the liquor on the premises or brought the liquor with them (s 110).

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Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

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Small bar

A small bar licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises only (such as no packaged liquor sales). It is also subject to the condition that no more than 120 persons may be present on the licensed premises at any one time.

Unconsumed wine

If wine is sold for consumption on the licensed premises with a meal, provided by the licensee, a person may remove any unconsumed portion of that wine from the licensed premises when they leave (section 110(6A)).

Trading hours

Permitted trading hours for small bars
OpenCloseGeneral conditions
Monday to Saturday6:00am12 midnight 
Sunday10:00am12 midnight 
New Year's Eve (Monday to Saturday)6:00am2:00am New Year's Day 
New Year's Eve (Sunday)10:00am 2:00am New Year's Day 
Good Friday12 noon10:00pmAncillary to a meal only
Christmas Day12 noon10:00pmAncillary to a meal only
ANZAC Day12 noon12 midnight 

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Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

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Special facility

A special facility licence under section 46 of the Act authorises the holder of the licence to sell liquor in accordance with the conditions imposed on the licence based on the tenor of the business.

The Act provides that the licensing authority shall not grant a special facility licence except for a prescribed purpose. The Act further provides that a special facility licence should not be granted or varied if granting or varying a licence of another class, or imposing, varying or cancelling a condition on a licence of another class, or issuing an extended trading permit in respect of another class of licence, would achieve the purposes for which the special facility licence is sought.

The licensing authority may substitute an alternative type of licence where an applicant seeks the grant of a special facility licence, but in the view of the licensing authority a licence of another class would be adequate for the purpose. Furthermore, an existing special facility licence cannot be varied to such an extent that a licence of another class, with or without permits, would achieve the purpose.

The 15 different special facility sub-classifications are:

Amusement venue

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at an amusement venue to persons in the venue.

An amusement venue is defined as a premises which is primarily being used for:

  • the playing and viewing of snooker, bowling, electronic games or any similar type of amusement; or
  • to participate in or view karaoke.

Auction

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale by auction of packaged liquor at premises specified in the licence.

A licence granted for this purpose may permit the supply of samples of the packaged liquor that is for auction, for tasting.

Bed and breakfast facility

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a bed and breakfast facility (being an accommodation facility that offers bed and breakfast) to persons staying at the facility.

Catering

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing at a function the sale, by a caterer, of liquor supplied at premises at which the caterer has agreed with the person organising the function to provide liquor (whether with or without food), for consumption by persons at that premises.

A ‘caterer’ is defined as a person who:

  • is in the business of providing food for consumption at functions; and
  • carries on a food business as defined in section 10 of the Food Act 2008.

Foodhall

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a foodhall to customers of the foodhall for consumption ancillary to a meal.

Online wine sales

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the online sale of packaged wine for consumption away from the licensed premises (the licensed premises may be a home office). The licence only allows the licensee to sell wine produced by holders of a Western Australian producer's licence.

Reception or function centre

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a reception or function centre (being premises primarily used as a venue for functions and receptions) to persons attending a reception or function at the centre.

Room service restaurant

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor to customers at the room service restaurant whether or not ancillary to meals eaten at the restaurant if:

  1. The liquor is consumed at the restaurant:
    1. During the hours that are permitted hours under a hotel licence; and
    2. By customers while sitting at a table, or at a fixed structure used as a table; and
  2. The sale and consumption of the liquor are in accordance with any conditions imposed on the special facility licence by the licensing authority.

A room service restaurant is defined as a restaurant that provides room service to persons residing or staying in residential accommodation on the same premises as the restaurant or adjacent premises (not being accommodation provided by the licensee).

Sports arena

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a sports arena (being premises primarily used for playing and viewing sport) to persons playing or viewing sports, or attending any other event, at the arena.

Theatre or cinema

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a theatre or cinema to persons attending a performance or film at the theatre or cinema.

Tourism

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor to persons likely to be attracted to, or present at, a place that, in the opinion of the licensing authority, is or will become:

  • an attraction for tourists; or
  • a facility that enhances the State’s tourist industry.

A licence granted for this purpose may permit the sale of packaged liquor.

A tourist is defined as a person who is:

  • staying at a place that is at least 40 kilometres from his or her usual place of residence for a period of at least one night
  • intending to stay away from his or her usual place of residence for a period of less than 12 months
  • not in the course of travelling on a regular journey between his or her usual place of residence and his or her place of work or education
  • travelling in the course of a holiday or for leisure, business, to visit friends or relatives or for any other reason.

Transport

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor to passengers and their guests:

  • at an airport, railway station, bus station or seaport; or
  • on a train, bus, ship or vehicle.

A special facility licence of this nature may also be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at another place of the licensee provided that the sale and supply is in connection with a booking for travel on a train, bus, ship or vehicle.

Vocational and education training course

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale or supply of liquor by vocational and education training institution or a higher education institution to provide:

  1. For the tasting of liquor by students/trainees as part of the course curriculum and the sale and supply of liquor by students/trainees for the purposes of a course of instruction or training conducted by the institution in which the students are enrolled.
  2. For the sale of liquor that is produced as part of an approved viticulture course, provided the liquor is only sold or supplied during a special event; and in an area approved by the Director. The liquor must be sold or supplied by persons aged 16 years or older; and the amount of liquor being sold or supplied is limited:
    1. In the case of liquor supplied for consumption on the grounds of the institution, to the supply of free 30 ml samples for tasting purposes; or
    2. In the case of packaged liquor, to the provision of not more than 9 litres per person and per transaction.
    3. In the case of liquor supplied to a liquor merchant, points (i) and (ii) apply however prior approval must be sought from the licensing authority.

Tasting of liquor will only be authorised in circumstances where the students/trainees are 16 years or older, the student/trainee is supervised at all times and the activity they are undertaking is being assessed for the purposes of an accredited hospitality qualification in which they are enrolled.

An approved viticulture course is defined as a course that delivers Units of Competency from the Food Processing Industry Training package (Wine Sector) leading to a qualification recognised under the:

  • Australian Qualifications Framework; and
  • a higher education course relating to viticulture.

A special event is defined as a graduation  ceremony, speech night or annual open day that relates to vocational education and training institution or higher education institution, or any other related event approved in writing by the Director.

A vocational education and training institution includes a secondary school if the relevant course of instruction or training conducted by the school is vocational education and training, as defined in the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 section 5(1).

Vocational education and training institutions

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a vocational education and training institution or a higher education institution to students and staff of the institution and their guests.

Works canteen

A special facility licence may be granted for the purpose of allowing the sale of liquor at a works canteen, or at other premises specified in the licence, to workers and their guests.  A licence granted for this purpose may permit the sale of packaged liquor.

The Liquor Control Regulations 1989 (the regulations) defines ‘workers’ as persons working on a project or for a business in relation to which a works canteen is provided.

A ‘works canteen’ is defined as a canteen, located at or near the place where a project is being undertaken or a business carried on, catering for the needs of persons working on the project or for the business.

Trading hours

The trading hours for each special facility licence are determined individually by the Director of Liquor Licensing.

Sale of packaged liquor

In addition to the sale of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises the special facility licence types that permit the sale of packaged liquor are works canteen, tourism, room service restaurant, vocational education and training course or auction.

Exemption from section 37(5) of the Act

Unlike other licences it is possible to have the the requirements of section 37(5) of the Act, pertaining to the applicant demonstrating that it will solely occupy, and retain the right to occupy, the licensed premises to the exclusion of others waived, for works canteen, transport, sports arena, foodhall, education and training institution, approved viticulture course, catering, bed and breakfast facility, room service restaurant, tourism or auction.

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Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

Director of Liquor Licensing

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Wholesaler

A wholesaler’s licence under section 58 of the Act authorises the licensee to sell liquor for consumption off the licensed premises in any amount to liquor merchants.

A licensee of a wholesaler’s licence may sell liquor for consumption off the licensed premises to members of the general public as well, but it must be supplied in aggregate quantities of not less than 4 litres at a time and the wholesaler needs to maintain at least 90% of the gross turnover from sales of liquor to liquor merchants or persons otherwise authorised to sell liquor.

Requirements

A wholesaler must maintain a record of all transactions entered into by or on behalf of the licensee involving the sale or purchase of liquor. A return of all liquor transactions made during the previous financial year is due by 31 July each year.

Provision of tastings

Generally, a wholesaler’s licence is authorised to sell and supply liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. The licensee can also seek to include an area on the licensed premises for the conduct of free tastings subject to appropriate facilities such as toilets and local health and planning approvals.

Section 59A of the Act authorises a wholesaler’s licence to supply free samples on the licensed premises of another licensee, with the agreement of the other licensee and sell packaged liquor (by way of order) on the licensed premises of the other licensee, provided the liquor is delivered to the purchaser from the licensed premises of the licensee or interstate supplier.

Storage and distribution of liquor

Licensees who wish to licence premises that are located in a residential area may be restricted from receiving customers onto their premises, and also from storing liquor on those premises. Approval may be given by the licensing authority to a licensee to store liquor at or supply and deliver liquor from, a premise other than the licensed premises.

Trading hours

The permitted trading hours for a wholesaler to a liquor merchant
DayOpen
Monday to SundayAny time
Good FridayNo permitted trading hours
Christmas DayNo permitted trading hours
ANZAC DayAny time after 12 noon
The permitted trading hours for a wholesaler to persons other than liquor merchants
DayOpen
Monday to Saturday8:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday (metropolitan area only)10:00am to 10:00pm
Good FridayNo permitted trading hours
Christmas DayNo permitted trading hours
ANZAC DayAny time after 12 noon


Related policies

Occasional liquor licence

May 30, 2019, 13:07 PM
Title : Occasional liquor licence
Introduction : Guidance for occasional liquor licences.
Select a publication type : Policy

Effective date: 22 January 2008 
Last amended: 30 September 2021
Next review: 30 September 2023

Disclaimer

This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.

Legislative provisions

Section 59 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) provides that an occasional liquor licence authorises the licensee to sell or supply, or allow the consumption of, liquor :

  1. at such times, and on such occasion or during such period not exceeding 3 weeks, as may be specified;
  2. at such places, and within such designated area, as may be specified; and
  3. subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified.

The term 'occasion' refers to a gathering, function or event, including a sporting contest show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied and consumed. In this regard, an occasional liquor licence enables people who do not have the authority to sell and/or supply liquor, to seek the authority to do so.

The holding of another liquor licence does not necessarily preclude the applicant from the grant of an occasional licence. However, it should be noted that the Act specifies, under section 59(2)(a)(ii), that if an extended trading permit or the variation or cancellation of a condition on a licence is considered more appropriate to achieve the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought, then an occasional licence shall not be granted.

Further, Section 59(2) of the Act is mandatory in its terms and provides that:

An occasional licence shall not be granted if, in the opinion of the Director:

  1. the place in which the sale, supply or consumption of liquor would be authorised by the licence may not lawfully be used for that purpose;
  2. where the applicant holds another licence, the issue of an extended trading permit issued relating to, or the variation or cancellation of a term or condition of, that licence would be more appropriate means of achieving the purpose for which the occasional licence is sought;
  3. sufficient facilities and expertise to enable the licence to be operated in a proper manner may not be provided;
  4. adequate measures to ensure that trading is not conducted in a manner detrimental to the public interest may not be taken; or
  5. the grant of a further occasional licence would tend to establish an undesirable pattern, where the application is made in respect of a function organised by a particular person or body of persons, or on behalf of a particular cause, to whom or which or on behalf of which previous occasional licences have been granted.

In regard to section 59(2)(a)(v), where the applicant is the holder of a licence of another type, and the Director of Liquor Licensing is of the opinion that the grant of a further occasional liquor licence would allow that licensee to operate their premises in a manner which would not ordinarily be permitted under their licence, the occasional licence application may be refused.

In addition, it should be noted that subsection 33(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 gives the licensing authority the absolute discretion to grant or refuse any application on any ground or for any reason that the licensing authority thinks is in the public interest.

As a general principle, occasional liquor licences may be granted up to 24 times within a 12 month period.

Before lodging an application for an occasional licence, applicants should refer to the policy titled Exemptions to the Liquor Control Act 1988 to check whether the event or function falls within those situations whereby the sale, supply and consumption of liquor is exempt from the application of the Act.

Profit sharing under occasional licences

Section 59(3) of the Act provides that the Director may authorise an arrangement where the licensee is to share the proceeds from the operation of an occasional licence. For example, the licensee may wish to share the proceeds from the sale of food with a caterer; or it may wish to share part of the entry fee with the entertainers.

In this regard, the applicant for an occasional liquor licence must seek approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing prior to the function, if they intend to share any profits with another person, organisation or body.

Fundraising events

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for an occasional licence whereby the organisation proposes to sell and supply liquor in conjunction with a special event such as a fundraising event or celebration, for example, a 50th anniversary. In such cases, additional to consumption on the premises during the event, consideration may be given to the sale of packaged liquor as part of the fundraising activity.

In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate why the grant of the licence for packaged liquor sales is in the public interest.

Adult entertainment

As a standard condition, adult entertainment will not be permitted at functions requiring an occasional licence.

Adult entertainment includes any indecent activities and requires that no one be immodestly or indecently dressed. In this regard, strippers, topless female staff and R rated films are not permitted. Decisions made by the licensing authority, as constituted as the Liquor Licensing Court, determined that ‘immodest’ includes, but is not limited to, bare breasts and bare buttocks. Consequently, the exposure of breasts and/or buttocks (including by way of see through material, nipple stickers or G-string) is not permitted.

Should an applicant request adult entertainment be permitted at a function requiring an occasional licence, a submission demonstrating why the adult entertainment is in the public interest is required to be lodged.

Exhibitors

Depending on the nature of an event, the holder of a permanent liquor licence may be authorised, under an occasional licence, to attend an event to exhibit their own produce. Generally these type of applications are lodged by the event organiser.

In this regard, the type of permanent liquor licence held by an exhibitor will be taken into consideration when assessing the application and as a general principle, an exhibitor will not be permitted to trade in a manner contrary to their existing licence.

Should exhibitors wish to trade in a manner not authorised under their permanent licence, a submission should be lodged demonstrating why the application is in the public interest.

Temporary or pop-up events

Applications for temporary or pop–up type events will only be considered when there is a genuine function or occasion. In these instances, the applicant will need to demonstrate what the function or the occasion is and why the grant of the occasional licence is in the public interest. Please see the Director of Liquor Licensing’s Temporary Bars policy for further information.

Lodging an application

A person seeking the issue of an occasional licence under the provisions of the Act will be required to lodge an application online, via the department’s website. Any additional information required can be attached to the application when prompted.

Lodgement periods for applications

Depending on the anticipated attendance, there are different lodgement periods for applications:

  • Up to 500 people the application must be lodged at least 14 days prior to the function/event.
  • Between 501 and 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 60 days prior to the function/event.
  • Over 5000 people the application must be lodged at least 90 days prior to the function/event.

Failure to lodge applications within these timeframes can result in the refusal of the application.

Lodging an application at the local court

Outside the metropolitan area, an application for an occasional liquor licence can be lodged with the managing registrar of the local courts located throughout the State. This option may suit applicants located in rural and remote locations

Where the anticipated attendance at the function or event is more than 500 people, or the duration of the function or event will be longer than seven (7) days, the application must be lodged online, via the department’s website.

Mandatory training requirement

Prior to approval of an application for an occasional liquor licence, the licensee/s, crowd controllers and any person engaged in the sale, supply and service of liquor must, unless otherwise determined by the Director, have successfully completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor (further details are contained in the Director’s policy Mandatory Training) in accordance with the following criteria:

  • where the anticipated attendance in the function is less than 250 people — no training is required;
  • where the anticipated attendance is 251 to 300 people — the licensee/s and approved manager must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor; or
  • where the anticipated attendance is more than 300, the licensee/s, approved manager and all servers of liquor must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor Crowd controllers must have completed the nationally accredited unit of RSA training.

In addition to the above requirements, irrespective of the number of people attending the function, every Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of a Restricted Managers Approval. In order to obtain a Restricted Managers Approval, the applicant must have completed a course of training in responsible practices in the sale, supply and service of liquor. Applications for approval as a manager can be lodged on the department's website.

In some cases, the Director may determine that an Occasional Licence must be managed by the holder of an Unrestricted Managers Approval. Please refer to the Director’s policies Mandatory Training and Managers at Licensed Premises for further guidance on applying for an Unrestricted Managers Approval.

The licensee will be required to maintain a training register to record each staff members name and training details.

The Director of Liquor Licensing is empowered to waive or modify these requirements if the circumstances in a particular case warrant such an approach.

For further information on the mandatory training requirements and the register, please refer to the Director’s policy titled Mandatory Training.

Director of Liquor Licensing

Tags :
  • application
  • licensing
  • Occasional
Categories :
  • Liquor
Related local governments

Who can apply for a licence

Section 35 of the Act sets out who can make an application for a liquor licence.

Page reviewed 10 November 2022