Western Australian Liquor Licensing

Western Australian Liquor Licensing

Liquor Legislation
The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor is responsible for administering the Liquor Control Act 1988 in Western Australia. The Licensing Division determines liquor licence applications under the auspices of the Director of Liquor Licensing.

Access the Liquor Control Act 1988

Licence Types
Licence Types
Conditions
Trading hours
Casino
The sale of liquor for consumption at a casino or any other venue enclosed in the casino complex.
Trading hours are determined by the Director of Liquor Licensing in conjunction with the Gaming and Wagering Commission.
Club - Club Restricted
A club licence allows liquor to be supplied to a member or guest in the company of a member of the club, for consumption on and off the premises. Club restricted licences differ from club licences in that a club restricted licence doesn't permit the sale of packaged liquor and the licensee only has access to the premises during certain hours of the day.
Monday to Friday 6am to midnight.
 
Saturday 6am to 1am the following day.
 
Sunday 10am to 10pm.
 
Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Hotel - Hotel Restricted - Tavern - Small Bar
Hotel Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises and the sale and supply of packaged liquor to patrons for consumption off the licensed premises.
 
Accommodation must be provided to any person.
Hotel Restricted Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only. Packaged liquor sales can only be made to a guest of the accommodation services. Accommodation must be provided to any person.
 
Tavern Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises and the sale and supply of packaged liquor to patrons for consumption off the licensed premises.
 
Small Bar Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only. A maximum capacity of no more than 120 people is permitted at any one time.
Monday to Saturday 6am to midnight.
 
Sunday 10am to 10pm.
 
Restricted hours apply for public holidays.
Liquor Store
A liquor store licence authorises the sale of packaged liquor for consumption off premises only. The licensee may supply a sample of liquor free of charge for consumption on the premises.
Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm.
 
Sunday 10am to 10pm.
 
Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
 
Stores located outside of the Perth metropolitan region are not permitted to trade on Sundays.
Nightclub
Authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only. Liquor can only be supplied as secondary to continuous entertainment performed by live artists at the venue or by a DJ.
Monday to Thursday 6pm to 5am.
 
Fridays and Saturdays 6pm to 6am.
 
Sundays 8pm to midnight.
 
Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Occasional
An occasional licence is granted for an event that cannot be covered under another type of licence. An occasional licence allows an individual, group, company or an incorporated association to supply and sell liquor to people attending an event.
No specific trading hours apply for occasional licences.
 
When assessing an application, the duration of the period in which liquor will be consumed is considered to ensure harm minimisation.
Producer
Authorises the sale of liquor that is produced by the licensee. A producer's licence is only granted to a producer of liquor.
Liquor can generally be sold at any time, however restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Restaurant
Authorises the sale and supply of liquor ancillary to a meal to a patron seated at a dining table. For a restaurant licence to be considered, a venue must have a kitchen equipped to provide meals, sufficient toilet facilities and a dining area must always be set up with tables and chairs for dining. A restaurateur may supply liquor without a meal to their customers provided that they have been granted an extended trading permit.
Monday to Sunday - liquor may be served at any time as ancillary to a meal. Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Special Facility
A special facility licence can only be granted for a premises that cannot be covered under other licences.

There are 14 sub-classifications that qualify for special facility consideration. The sale and supply of liquor under a special facility licence must take place within set terms and conditions.

  • Amusement Venue
  • Auction
  • Bed and Breakfast Facility
  • Catering
  • Foodhall
  • Reception or Function Centre
  • Room Service Restaurant
  • Sports Arena
  • Theatre or Cinema
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Vocational and Education Training Course
  • Vocational Education and Training Institutions
  • Works Canteen
The trading hours for each special facility licence are determined individually by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
 Wholesaler
Authorises the licensee to sell packaged liquor for consumption off the premises subject to the following conditions:
  • The primary purpose of the business and at least 90 per cent of gross turnover from the sale of liquor, must consist of sales to liquor merchants.
  • Packaged liquor sold must be in a quantity of no less than nine litres per person.
Monday to Sunday - liquor may be sold at any time. However, restricted hours apply on public holidays.
 
Precise details on each type of liquor licence can be obtained from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website.

Applying for a Liquor Licence
  • Before lodging a licence application local government approval should be sought for the type of premises you wish to open.
  • Once your application has been lodged you must advertise notice of the application, in a format specified by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. Objections may be submitted by the general public in relation to the application.
  • The Department will assess your application against the areas of statutory compliance.
  • Applications are subject to a Public Interest Assessment which outlines how a proposed premises will impact on a community and how the applicant will manage the impact.
  • The applicant will be notified of the licence outcome once the above stages have been completed. If the licence is refused the application may be reviewed by the Liquor Commission.
Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website.
 
Fees and charges for licence applications may also be accessed at the Department's website.
 
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Licensees and the approved manager must complete the Short Course in Liquor Licensing, which includes the Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (SITHFAB009A or THHBFB09B) course. Courses must be conducted by an approved and accredited training provider. Where the licensee is a body corporate or a partnership, only one person holding a position of authority is required to undertake the training requirements.

Staff occupying supervisory positions at licensed premises must complete the nationally accredited unit of competency Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (SITHFAB009A). Approved training providers are listed on the
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website.

All servers of liquor on licensed premises must also complete an approved training course in the Responsible Service of Alcohol. However, these staff may choose to undertake the non-accredited abridged course. Bar staff are strongly recommended to take the nationally accredited unit as the Statement of Attainment is recognised in most States and Territories and can therefore be transferable.

The Director's mandatory training policy which became effective on 29 December 2009 is available on the
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website or can be downloaded here..
 
RSA qualifications do not require renewal courses in WA except in cases where the qualification has been imported from another state.  In such cases the rules from that state would also be imported.
 
Training Register

Section 103A(1)(b) states that licensees must maintain, on the licensed premises, a training register that records employee information and their training compliance. This requirement does not apply to Approved Managers, as they must have completed the relevant training in order to have been issued with either a Restricted Manager Approval or Unrestricted Manager Approval by the licensing authority.
The training register must contain the following details:-
 
  • Employee name
  • Date employment commenced
  • Course provider name
  • State or Territory where training was done
  • Date of training certificate
 
The penalty for non-compliance is $5,000.

It should be noted that while there is no requirement to keep a copy of the training certificate with the Training Register, it is nevertheless a requirement for the licensee to keep a copy of the certificate on the premises as per regulation 14AG(2). This can either be hard copy or stored electronically provided it is available for inspection when required. To assist licensees, an approved standard format for this training register can be downloaded here.

Further Information
Further information on liquor licensing in Western Australia is available from the
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Office Address: Level 1, 87 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA 6004
Postal Address: PO Box 6119, East Perth, WA 6892
Phone: (08) 9425 1888
Free Call: 1800 634 541
Fax: (08) 9325 1041
Email: rgl@rgl.wa.gov.au

 
Source: Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor

 

Liquor Legislation
The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor is responsible for administering the Liquor Control Act 1988 in Western Australia. The Licensing Division determines liquor licence applications under the auspices of the Director of Liquor Licensing.

Access the Liquor Control Act 1988

Licence Types
Licence Types
Conditions
Trading hours
Casino
The sale of liquor for consumption at a casino or any other venue enclosed in the casino complex.
Trading hours are determined by the Director of Liquor Licensing in conjunction with the Gaming and Wagering Commission.
Club - Club Restricted
A club licence allows liquor to be supplied to a member or guest in the company of a member of the club, for consumption on and off the premises. Club restricted licences differ from club licences in that a club restricted licence doesn't permit the sale of packaged liquor and the licensee only has access to the premises during certain hours of the day.
Monday to Friday 6am to midnight.
 
Saturday 6am to 1am the following day.
 
Sunday 10am to 10pm.
 
Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Hotel - Hotel Restricted - Tavern - Small Bar
Hotel Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises and the sale and supply of packaged liquor to patrons for consumption off the licensed premises.
 
Accommodation must be provided to any person.
Hotel Restricted Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only. Packaged liquor sales can only be made to a guest of the accommodation services. Accommodation must be provided to any person.
 
Tavern Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises and the sale and supply of packaged liquor to patrons for consumption off the licensed premises.
 
Small Bar Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only. A maximum capacity of no more than 120 people is permitted at any one time.
Monday to Saturday 6am to midnight.
 
Sunday 10am to 10pm.
 
Restricted hours apply for public holidays.
Liquor Store
A liquor store licence authorises the sale of packaged liquor for consumption off premises only. The licensee may supply a sample of liquor free of charge for consumption on the premises.
Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm.
 
Sunday 10am to 10pm.
 
Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
 
Stores located outside of the Perth metropolitan region are not permitted to trade on Sundays.
Nightclub
Authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the premises only. Liquor can only be supplied as secondary to continuous entertainment performed by live artists at the venue or by a DJ.
Monday to Thursday 6pm to 5am.
 
Fridays and Saturdays 6pm to 6am.
 
Sundays 8pm to midnight.
 
Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Occasional
An occasional licence is granted for an event that cannot be covered under another type of licence. An occasional licence allows an individual, group, company or an incorporated association to supply and sell liquor to people attending an event.
No specific trading hours apply for occasional licences.
 
When assessing an application, the duration of the period in which liquor will be consumed is considered to ensure harm minimisation.
Producer
Authorises the sale of liquor that is produced by the licensee. A producer's licence is only granted to a producer of liquor.
Liquor can generally be sold at any time, however restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Restaurant
Authorises the sale and supply of liquor ancillary to a meal to a patron seated at a dining table. For a restaurant licence to be considered, a venue must have a kitchen equipped to provide meals, sufficient toilet facilities and a dining area must always be set up with tables and chairs for dining. A restaurateur may supply liquor without a meal to their customers provided that they have been granted an extended trading permit.
Monday to Sunday - liquor may be served at any time as ancillary to a meal. Restricted hours apply on public holidays.
Special Facility
A special facility licence can only be granted for a premises that cannot be covered under other licences.

There are 14 sub-classifications that qualify for special facility consideration. The sale and supply of liquor under a special facility licence must take place within set terms and conditions.

  • Amusement Venue
  • Auction
  • Bed and Breakfast Facility
  • Catering
  • Foodhall
  • Reception or Function Centre
  • Room Service Restaurant
  • Sports Arena
  • Theatre or Cinema
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Vocational and Education Training Course
  • Vocational Education and Training Institutions
  • Works Canteen
The trading hours for each special facility licence are determined individually by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
 Wholesaler
Authorises the licensee to sell packaged liquor for consumption off the premises subject to the following conditions:
  • The primary purpose of the business and at least 90 per cent of gross turnover from the sale of liquor, must consist of sales to liquor merchants.
  • Packaged liquor sold must be in a quantity of no less than nine litres per person.
Monday to Sunday - liquor may be sold at any time. However, restricted hours apply on public holidays.
 
Precise details on each type of liquor licence can be obtained from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website.

Applying for a Liquor Licence
  • Before lodging a licence application local government approval should be sought for the type of premises you wish to open.
  • Once your application has been lodged you must advertise notice of the application, in a format specified by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. Objections may be submitted by the general public in relation to the application.
  • The Department will assess your application against the areas of statutory compliance.
  • Applications are subject to a Public Interest Assessment which outlines how a proposed premises will impact on a community and how the applicant will manage the impact.
  • The applicant will be notified of the licence outcome once the above stages have been completed. If the licence is refused the application may be reviewed by the Liquor Commission.
Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website.
 
Fees and charges for licence applications may also be accessed at the Department's website.
 
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Licensees and the approved manager must complete the Short Course in Liquor Licensing, which includes the Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (SITHFAB009A or THHBFB09B) course. Courses must be conducted by an approved and accredited training provider. Where the licensee is a body corporate or a partnership, only one person holding a position of authority is required to undertake the training requirements.

Staff occupying supervisory positions at licensed premises must complete the nationally accredited unit of competency Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (SITHFAB009A). Approved training providers are listed on the
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website.

All servers of liquor on licensed premises must also complete an approved training course in the Responsible Service of Alcohol. However, these staff may choose to undertake the non-accredited abridged course. Bar staff are strongly recommended to take the nationally accredited unit as the Statement of Attainment is recognised in most States and Territories and can therefore be transferable.

The Director's mandatory training policy which became effective on 29 December 2009 is available on the
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor's website or can be downloaded here..
 
RSA qualifications do not require renewal courses in WA except in cases where the qualification has been imported from another state.  In such cases the rules from that state would also be imported.
 
Training Register

Section 103A(1)(b) states that licensees must maintain, on the licensed premises, a training register that records employee information and their training compliance. This requirement does not apply to Approved Managers, as they must have completed the relevant training in order to have been issued with either a Restricted Manager Approval or Unrestricted Manager Approval by the licensing authority.
The training register must contain the following details:-
 
  • Employee name
  • Date employment commenced
  • Course provider name
  • State or Territory where training was done
  • Date of training certificate
 
The penalty for non-compliance is $5,000.

It should be noted that while there is no requirement to keep a copy of the training certificate with the Training Register, it is nevertheless a requirement for the licensee to keep a copy of the certificate on the premises as per regulation 14AG(2). This can either be hard copy or stored electronically provided it is available for inspection when required. To assist licensees, an approved standard format for this training register can be downloaded here.

Further Information
Further information on liquor licensing in Western Australia is available from the
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Office Address: Level 1, 87 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA 6004
Postal Address: PO Box 6119, East Perth, WA 6892
Phone: (08) 9425 1888
Free Call: 1800 634 541
Fax: (08) 9325 1041
Email: rgl@rgl.wa.gov.au

 
Source: Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor