Daniel Andrews has promised to abolish the last remaining alcohol free zones in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, including areas covering Ashburton, Glen Iris, Camberwell, Canterbury, Box Hill, Balwyn, Mont Albert and Surrey Hills, if the Labor party is re-elected at this months state election.
If liquor licence applications are a measure of hospitality business confidence, then Docklands is experiencing a revival. In the period from August 27 to October 18, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) received 10 applications from businesses in the Docklands area. This represents a sizeable increase in applications from this time last year.
The VCGLR have implemented a number of changes to internal processes surrounding the grant, variation, relocation and transfer of liquor licences which came into effect on 11 October 2018. These changes are part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (LGLA Act), which was passed by the Victorian Parliament earlier this year. The LGLA Act amends several provisions of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Licensee Forums are regular meetings between local liquor industry stakeholders such as Licensees, Police, Council Officers, staff from the VCGLR, and others. They are designed to build ongoing professional relationships between the various stakeholders operating within the industry, and are aimed at providing a setting for information sharing and problem solving.
One of Ballarat’s most popular neighbourhood cafes will soon be serving alcohol and hosting more functions, following a council decision at its ordinary meeting on 24th October 2018.
On Tap Liquor Consulting, Victoria’s premier liquor consultancy firm, is excited to announce that they have acquired EDQ Town Planning, a boutique town planning consultancy firm based in Ballan. Operated by Director Mr Robert Eskdale, EDQ Town Planning was established in 1995 and services the Moorabool region and beyond.
Any club that is formed is automatically considered an unincorporated association, but what is an ‘Incorporated Association?’. In essence, an incorporated association is a club or community group whose members have decided to give their organisation a formal legal structure. You can recognise an incorporated association by the word ‘Incorporated’ or the abbreviation ‘Inc.’ after its name. There are more than 35,000 incorporated associations in Victoria.
The 7-Eleven Group has acquired a majority stake in one of our favorite clients 'Tipple', an alcohol delivery startup operating across Melbourne and Sydney. Having launched in October 2015, Tipple has grown exponentially to service more than 120 suburbs across both Melbourne and Sydney. In an attempt to shake up the packaged liquor market, Tipple has plans for more zones, cities and bottle shop partners over the next twelve months.
When the supply of liquor is only a small part of the products and services on offer, some small businesses are exempt from the requirement of holding a liquor licence. This exemption extends to businesses such as bed and breakfasts, hairdressers, florists, gift makers, butchers, hospitals, residential care services, retirement villages and cruise ships. Minor businesses exempt from holding a liquor licence are not required to advise the VCGLR of their intention to supply liquor.
As any other licensee across Victoria, holding a Restaurant and Café Liquor Licence comes with certain obligations which you are required to abide by. Victoria boasts a vibrant hospitality and tourism industry with a culture of appreciating fine food and entertainment, inclusive of a vibrant liquor industry. But what are these obligations and how do they relate to a restaurant and cafe liquor licence?
Showcasing the best on offer from Australia and around the world, Drinks Collective is an industry-only event to celebrate. Dedicated to all professionals within the on-premise liquor industry, come and be inspired by the latest trends, innovations and everything else your venue needs to serve the perfect drink.
The Liquor Control Reform Act (1998) requires that some Victorian liquor licensees collect and report information about their annual wholesale transactions to other Victorian licensees. The VCGLR portal allowing you to lodge your reportable information opened on 1 July 2018 and runs until midnight 15 August 2018. Time is running out for your to lodge your data as required.
Believe it or not, venue operators, licensed venues and neighbours can co-exist reasonably and peacefully together. It is generally accepted by neighbours, and venue operators for that matter, that there will be some noise and disturbance from venues, but there is a limit to what should be tolerated, even by the most understanding neighbour.
In its push to encourage licensees and industry to move to an online environment, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (The VCGLR) have implemented an online application option for its Restaurant and cafe liquor licence category.
On Tap Liquor Consulting have been announced as finalists in the Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards
Having a liquor licence provides clubs with numerous challenges. In addition to managing issues such as excessive drinking, antisocial and unsafe behaviour, a club also needs to ensure that all committee members are aware of their roles and responsibilities and are able to enforce the club’s legal and social obligations at all times.
On 5 June 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (the LGLA Act), amending the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (The LCR Act) resulting in a variety of changes to the way in which licensees run their venues.
Face-to-face RSA training is mandatory for licensees and staff selling, offering or serving liquor for general, on-premises, late night and packaged liquor licenses. We are excited to announce that we are now able to offer this RSA training in Geelong.
Our industry New Entrant Training is a compulsory training course for licensees and nominees opening new operations or transferring existing licenses within Victoria. Most new liquor licence applicants are required to complete this New Entrant Training.
On Tap Liquor Consulting, in partnership with the Robust Investments Pty Ltd (RTO 21718), delivers an accredited New Entrant Training course for liquor licensees at various locations throughout Victoria and are bringing this specialist industry training to Ballarat.
We are excited to announce that we are now able to offer this RSA training in Ballarat at competitive prices! On Tap Liquor Consulting, in partnership with the Robust Investments Pty Ltd (RTO 21718), delivers an accredited RSA training course at various locations throughout Victoria.
Many licensees throughout Victoria find the laws relating to under age person on their premises quite confusing. We’ve put together answers to the five most commonly asked questions regarding minors on licensed premises.
As a licensee, you’re probably aware that you have a range of responsibilities relating to the distribution of alcohol under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act). You may not be aware, however, of some of the rights you have as a licensee.
The thought of undertaking a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) program can be very daunting to some. It’s understandable if this is the case! However, if you put your mind to it, passing your RSA can be an absolute breeze. In fact, you’ll probably even enjoy the process.
Increases to gambling and liquor fees and penalties came into effect on 1 July 2016.
Applying for a Liquor licence can be a very involved and lengthy process. In Victoria, licensees must adhere to strict rules and regulations. When you make the decision to apply for a liquor licence, it is important to be thorough with your research and have an in-depth understanding of how and when your liquor licence is to be used.
On Tap Liquor Consulting, in partnership with the Robust Investments Pty Ltd (RTO 21718), delivers an accredited RSA training course at various locations throughout Victoria. We are excited to announce that we are now able to offer this RSA training in Ararat
After another design phase, ComplyCloud is now ready for use in New South Wales licensed venues. Featured in Australian Hotelier magazine, ComplyCloud is the best and only online based venue compliance management system in Australia and it is changing the face of venue compliance management
Several bottle shops in the City of Greater Geelong have signed a new liquor accord, the liquor forum is made up entirely of bottle shops and is the first of its kind in Victoria.
Located on Burns Street in St Andrews, A Boy Named Sue is a family restaurant whose specialties are breakfast, brunch, dinner, pizza, sandwiches and vegetarian which means the menu is bound to have something for everyone!
The Mex Restaurant and Bar in Ocean Grove is back and under original ownership
Located in Wantirna South, The Keystone Restaurant is an Italian restaurant pizzeria and cafe with a modern feel
Mr. Macedon is a cafe, breakfast & brunch restaurant and coffee shop all in one, located on Victoria Street, Macedon.
With a casual bohemian cafe vibe and Daylesfords only wood fired pizza, pull up a pew by the fireside or peek into the enormous wood fired oven, sit inside or out on the sidewalk to relax and watch the local life slide by.
Please be advised that the On Tap Liquor Consulting offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday period. This closure will be for the period between midday on the 24th December 2015 and 9am on Monday the 11th January 2016.
The Liberty Pizza Inn is a family owned and operated Bar/Restaurant that is now a major hot spot in the Warragul township.
The legal drinking age across Australia, including in Victoria, is 18 years of age. The Victorian Government has, for many years, provided strict rules and regulations in relation to liquor and persons under the age of 18.
The Eel Skinners and Duck Pluckers Ball is on again in 2015.
Well done to Neil and the team at Two Fat Men Kitchen in Healesville, who have been able to operate their café under a Restaurant and Café Licence after opening earlier this year. Glad On Tap was able to help.
Each year in Victoria some venues are given the option to extend their New Year’s Eve trading to 1am or 3am on 1 January 2016 without having to apply to the VCGLR for a temporary liquor licence
With ‘Schoolies Week’ just around the corner and school leavers looking forward to a well-earned celebration, it is high time to reinforce venue policies and procedures to ensure that ongoing compliance is maintained. Celebrations for Victorian school leavers run from Saturday 28 November to Sunday 6 December 2015
ComplyCloud is a cloud based web application which essentially automates the management of key compliance related documentation, and issues email reminders when important dates, such as RSA training renewal, are approaching. The system is available at any time, on any day, and is accessible via any device which supports web browsing; smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, electronic POS systems…… the list goes on!
With preparations for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival underway it is important for venues and racegoers alike to remember their responsibilities.
A change in VCGLR policy which On Tap Liquor Consulting have been pushing for some time has been implemented.
Victoria’s newest liquor accord has been introduced in Kingston the Moorabbin Kingston Leader has reported.
Congratulations to Jack and the team at Jacks Wine Merchants, with their recently extended licensed premises.
Daylight savings for 2015 begins on Sunday 4 October 2015 at 2am (Eastern Standard Time), which means that at 2am clocks should be moved forward one hour, to 3am.
Under new laws imposed by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, consuming alcohol in Sunshine’s central business area is now officially forbidden the Brimbank Leader has reported.
New smoking bans within outdoor dining areas will likely take effect in Victoria as of 1st August 2017
A very big congratulations to Michael and the team at the Castlemaine Brewing Company on their brand new Wine and Beer Producers Licence. On Tap Liquor have had the pleasure of assisting them through the licence application process.
Millars Lara is now fully licensed under a Restaurant and Café Liquor Licence