26 September 2023

Liquor licences to receive a shake up

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The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has announced it will allow food outlets with existing liquor licences to apply for an occasional licence to allow the sale of takeaway alcohol.

The move follows restrictions to pub and restaurant sector trading during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Minister for Racing and Gaming, Paul Papalia said the licence change would mean that certain restaurants, small bars, taverns and other outlets with existing liquor licences would now be able to sell one bottle of wine and a six-pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits with a takeaway or delivered meal order.

“The Government had also moved to support local wine producers with an amendment to the current liquor restrictions to allow cellar-door sales of up to nine litres of wine (12 bottles) per customer per week,” Mr Papalia said.

He said sales to interstate and overseas customers or West Australian liquor licence holders would not be affected by the current liquor restrictions.

“Licensees must continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and only sell packaged alcohol to be taken away,” Mr Papalia said.

“A simplified application form for an occasional liquor licence will be fast tracked on receipt.”

He said temporary restrictions on the amount of takeaway alcohol that can be purchased had also been introduced.

A customer may now purchase one carton of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits, or three bottles of wine, or one litre of spirits, or one litre of fortified wine, or a combination of any two of the aforementioned products – but not two of the same product.

Mr Papalia said the restrictions would be implemented for a minimum two-week period before being reviewed.

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