South Australian Liquor Licensing

South Australian Liquor Licensing

Liquor Legislation
In South Australia the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner administers the Liquor Licensing Act 1997. The purpose of this legislation is to regulate and control the sale, supply and consumption of liquor for the benefit of related industries and the general public. The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner is also responsible for encouraging responsible attitudes towards the promotion and advertising of liquor and minimising the harm associated with liquor consumption.

Access the Liquor Licensing Act 1997
 
Download the new General Code of Practice and Guidelines

Licence Types
There are currently 11 different licences available under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.
 
Licence Type
Trading Hours
Conditions
Club
Monday to Saturday between 5am and midnight.
 
Sunday between 11am and 8pm.
 
Alternative hours apply on New Year’s Eve and Public Holidays.
Authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on the club’s premises or in a designated dining area to a diner for consumption in that area, with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee. Liquor can also be consumed in a designated reception area to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area. A club licence is generally for non-profit associations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985.
Direct Sales
Allows the licensee to trade at any time for the sale of liquor.
 
If liquor is to be delivered to an address in South Australia, it must be delivered between the hours of 8am and 9pm on any day (other than Public Holidays).
Authorises the sale of liquor at any time where the purchaser orders the liquor by:
 
• Mail
• Telephone
• Fax
• Internet
• Any other electronic communication
Entertainment Venue
Allows the licensee to sell liquor at a time when live entertainment is provided on the licensed premises between 9pm and 5am on the following day.
 
Restrictions apply on Public Holidays.
Authorises sale of liquor in the licensed premises for consumption on the licensed premises at a time when live entertainment is provided on the premises or at any time in a designated dining area, to a diner for consumption in that area, with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee.
 
This licence can also permit BYO with meals.
Hotel
Monday to Saturday between 5am and midnight.
 
Sunday between 11am and 8pm.
 
Alternative hours apply on New Year’s Eve and Public Holidays.
 
A hotel licensee is obliged to provide a meal to a member of the public on request.
Authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on and off the licensed premises.
 
The licensee is also permitted to sell liquor to a lodger at any time and at any time in a designated dining area, to a diner for consumption with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee in that area (including Good Friday and Christmas Day).
 
Liquor may also be sold at any time in a designated reception area to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area (including Good Friday and Christmas Day).
 
Precise details on licensing conditions and trading hours should be obtained from the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
Changes to Liquor Licences
On the 18 November 2009 the South Australian Parliament passed changes to the liquor licensing laws.
The changes will assist in promoting more responsible drinking behaviour, remove red tape and deliver savings to industry. For the first time intoxication has been clarified under SA law which will make it easier for licensees, staff and police to reliably determine whether someone requesting alcohol is drunk. The legislation changes can be viewed at the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
Applying for a Liquor Licence
Applications and guidelines can be obtained from the
Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
When a new application is made certain requirements must be met prior to the application being heard by the licensing authority. Visit the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website to view the minimum requirements of each licence category. 
  • An application for a new licence must be advertised. Any person may lodge an objection to the licence application at least seven days before the hearing date.
  • Once an application has been lodged and the documentation has been processed a hearing date is set. A letter is sent to the applicant which confirms the date of the hearing. Outstanding documents must be lodged at least 7 days prior to the hearing date.
  • An application usually takes about six weeks to determine. This process may take longer if an objection has been lodged.
  • All people involved in the business must be included in the licence application. If the business is a company the application should be made in the company name. Where an individual runs the business, the individual is the applicant. All documentation must be in the name of the applicant. 
What Signage Do I Need?
The licensee must display a copy of the licence at or near the front entrance to the premises at all times. The licensee must also display a notice in a prominent position, to inform minors and other members of the public of the law relating to under-age drinking. In the case of an entertainment venue licence or an extended trading authorisation, a notice must be displayed  to advise people of the times when minors are prohibited from being on the premises. Notices can be obtained from the
Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 all licensed premises must be personally supervised and managed by an approved responsible person at times when they are open to the public. If the business is not supervised and managed as required under the legislation the licensee is guilty of an offence. For details on where licensees can undertake Responsible Service of Alcohol training visit the
Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.

Source: Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner
Liquor Legislation
In South Australia the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner administers the Liquor Licensing Act 1997. The purpose of this legislation is to regulate and control the sale, supply and consumption of liquor for the benefit of related industries and the general public. The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner is also responsible for encouraging responsible attitudes towards the promotion and advertising of liquor and minimising the harm associated with liquor consumption.

Access the Liquor Licensing Act 1997
 
Download the new General Code of Practice and Guidelines

Licence Types
There are currently 11 different licences available under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.
 
Licence Type
Trading Hours
Conditions
Club
Monday to Saturday between 5am and midnight.
 
Sunday between 11am and 8pm.
 
Alternative hours apply on New Year’s Eve and Public Holidays.
Authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on the club’s premises or in a designated dining area to a diner for consumption in that area, with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee. Liquor can also be consumed in a designated reception area to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area. A club licence is generally for non-profit associations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985.
Direct Sales
Allows the licensee to trade at any time for the sale of liquor.
 
If liquor is to be delivered to an address in South Australia, it must be delivered between the hours of 8am and 9pm on any day (other than Public Holidays).
Authorises the sale of liquor at any time where the purchaser orders the liquor by:
 
• Mail
• Telephone
• Fax
• Internet
• Any other electronic communication
Entertainment Venue
Allows the licensee to sell liquor at a time when live entertainment is provided on the licensed premises between 9pm and 5am on the following day.
 
Restrictions apply on Public Holidays.
Authorises sale of liquor in the licensed premises for consumption on the licensed premises at a time when live entertainment is provided on the premises or at any time in a designated dining area, to a diner for consumption in that area, with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee.
 
This licence can also permit BYO with meals.
Hotel
Monday to Saturday between 5am and midnight.
 
Sunday between 11am and 8pm.
 
Alternative hours apply on New Year’s Eve and Public Holidays.
 
A hotel licensee is obliged to provide a meal to a member of the public on request.
Authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on and off the licensed premises.
 
The licensee is also permitted to sell liquor to a lodger at any time and at any time in a designated dining area, to a diner for consumption with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee in that area (including Good Friday and Christmas Day).
 
Liquor may also be sold at any time in a designated reception area to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area (including Good Friday and Christmas Day).
 
Precise details on licensing conditions and trading hours should be obtained from the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
Changes to Liquor Licences
On the 18 November 2009 the South Australian Parliament passed changes to the liquor licensing laws.
The changes will assist in promoting more responsible drinking behaviour, remove red tape and deliver savings to industry. For the first time intoxication has been clarified under SA law which will make it easier for licensees, staff and police to reliably determine whether someone requesting alcohol is drunk. The legislation changes can be viewed at the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
Applying for a Liquor Licence
Applications and guidelines can be obtained from the
Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
When a new application is made certain requirements must be met prior to the application being heard by the licensing authority. Visit the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website to view the minimum requirements of each licence category. 
  • An application for a new licence must be advertised. Any person may lodge an objection to the licence application at least seven days before the hearing date.
  • Once an application has been lodged and the documentation has been processed a hearing date is set. A letter is sent to the applicant which confirms the date of the hearing. Outstanding documents must be lodged at least 7 days prior to the hearing date.
  • An application usually takes about six weeks to determine. This process may take longer if an objection has been lodged.
  • All people involved in the business must be included in the licence application. If the business is a company the application should be made in the company name. Where an individual runs the business, the individual is the applicant. All documentation must be in the name of the applicant. 
What Signage Do I Need?
The licensee must display a copy of the licence at or near the front entrance to the premises at all times. The licensee must also display a notice in a prominent position, to inform minors and other members of the public of the law relating to under-age drinking. In the case of an entertainment venue licence or an extended trading authorisation, a notice must be displayed  to advise people of the times when minors are prohibited from being on the premises. Notices can be obtained from the
Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.
 
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 all licensed premises must be personally supervised and managed by an approved responsible person at times when they are open to the public. If the business is not supervised and managed as required under the legislation the licensee is guilty of an offence. For details on where licensees can undertake Responsible Service of Alcohol training visit the
Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's website.

Source: Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner