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VCGLR Confirms Introduction of Streamlined Temporary Licence Process for Outdoor Dining

VCGLR Confirms Introduction of Streamlined Temporary Licence Process for Outdoor Dining

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (The VCGLR) have confirmed the introduction of a streamlined approach to help existing licensees temporarily use outdoor areas to supply liquor as outlined in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

City of Ballarat Annonces Outdoor Dining Assistance

City of Ballarat Annonces Outdoor Dining Assistance

The City of Ballarat has announced that it will waive outdoor dining permit fees to allow local venues to offer immediate outdoor dining options as a first step to economic recovery for the hospitality industry. In accordance with recent state government announcements, The Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package will provide funding to both business and local governments to assist in making widespread outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality.

Regional Victoria to Move to Step 3

Regional Victoria to Move to Step 3

Dan Andrews has today announced regional Victoria's progression to the third step of the COVID Roadmap as of 11:59pm tomorrow night (Wednesday 16). Importantly, hospitality outlets are opening with limitations.

Grants Available for Victorian Hospitality Venues

Grants Available for Victorian Hospitality Venues

As part of its latest COVID-19 support package, the Victorian State Government has today announced that grants will be available for hospitality venues to assist with Outdoor Eating and Entertainment.

Drinks Back on the Menu as Victoria Further Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

Drinks Back on the Menu as Victoria Further Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has today confirmed further easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the state effective from Midnight on the 21st June. Victorians will be allowed to return to the pub for a drink as part of today's restriction rollbacks. On Tap Liquor Consulting will be offering a limited number of free compliance audits for licensed venues to assist with their reopening.

Fees and Penalties to Remain Unchanged From 1 July 2020

Fees and Penalties to Remain Unchanged From 1 July 2020

Each year as a result of indexation under the Monetary Units Act 2004, gambling and liquor fees and penalty units increase automatically on 1 July. However, the VCGLR have recently announced that the annual rate for gambling and liquor fees and penalties will remain unchanged for the 2020/21 financial year.

Alcohol Delivery Research Findings Disputed

Alcohol Delivery Research Findings Disputed

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) have last week released their research into online alcohol delivery services across Victoria. Asking over 1600 Victorians about their use of on-demand alcohol delivery services, the research has resulted in VicHealth providing four key findings which link delivery services to increased frequency of risky drinking, alcohol related harm, and lack of RSA compliance.

VCGLR Designated Area Order Review Open for Feedback

VCGLR Designated Area Order Review Open for Feedback

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) are seeking feedback on a proposal to declare five existing “Designated Area Orders” covering the entertainment precincts of Mildura, Footscray, Colac, Mornington and Sunshine for a further period of ten years. Designated areas are determined by VCGLR in consultation with the Chief Commissioner of Police and this is done after reviewing the level of alcohol-related violence and disorder around licensed premises in certain areas. An entertainment precinct where alcohol-related violence and antisocial behaviour has occurred can be declared a “designated area”.

Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Victorian Government recently announced that, from 11:59pm on 31 May 2020, cafes, restaurants and pubs can resume serving meals (via table service only) for up to 20 customers at a time. On the 25th May 2020, the Andrews Government released detailed guidelines outlining the implementation of development plans assisting cafes, restaurants and other food and drink facilities to resume serving meals via table service for up to 20 patrons from 1 June.

Current Measures to Support Licensees

Current Measures to Support Licensees

We are continuing to engage with government and key stakeholders across the Victorian Hospitality sector, and to communicate to industry the range of measures announced by the Victorian State Government as part of its economic package responding to the Coronavirus crisis. We acknowledge that many of our clients, and of course the wider industry, are struggling with the economic fallout of this issue. The following information provides information on current measures put in place by the VCGLR to assist licensees across Victoria.

Online RSA Training Approvaed by VCGLR

Online RSA Training Approvaed by VCGLR

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our partner RTO (Liquor Consultancy Services) have been working tirelessly with the VCGLR in order to assist those looking to obtain an RSA certification to do so via their existing online learning tools. The VCGLR have today announced that RSA training will now be permitted to be delivered via our Webinar services.

Hospitality Business Survival Guide for COVID19

Hospitality Business Survival Guide for COVID19

COVID-19 is causing disruption around the world and there is a large amount of uncertainty and fear. This is particularly so within the Hospitality and Tourism industries. In Australia, the Government has announced a number of social distancing measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. This is causing significant disruption to business which is likely to continue for at least 6 months. Like everyone, we are working with our partners wherever possible to ensure we can navigate through this crisis and come out the other end when the Corona Virus is under control. AS Advisory have put together a Hospitality Business Survival Guide for COVID19 to help venues through this troubling time.

Additional Assistance for Struggling Venues

Additional Assistance for Struggling Venues

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today announced a range of additional economic stimulus measures aimed at supporting Victorian businesses through the Corona Virus crisis. In addition to a range of other measures, the Government has announced that they will support the Victorian hospitality sector by waiving liquor licensing fees for 2020 for affected venues and small businesses.

Proposal to the VCGLR for Hospitality Industry Assistance

Proposal to the VCGLR for Hospitality Industry Assistance

On Tap Liquor has been working hard over the last couple of days with the VCGLR and industry in order to assist the many licensed restaurants, cafes and other venues across Victoria during these very troubling times and trying to find solutions to assist in maintaining some form of business model during the COVID – 19 crisis. We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully negotiated with the VCGLR to allow for temporary licensing arrangements to be put in place to allow for the home delivery of liquor in limited quantities for businesses that are existing holders of a liquor licence within Victoria.

Australia Day Celebrations - Keeping Your Venue Safe This Weekend

Australia Day Celebrations - Keeping Your Venue Safe This Weekend

The Australia Day weekend is almost upon us, and of course, that means Australia day BBQ's, parties, and definitely some Triple J Hottest 100 gatherings! What do all of these things have in common? Most likely alcohol consumption which, as we know, has the potential to lead to some issues within licensed venues!

Industry Responds to NHMRC Guidelines

Industry Responds to NHMRC Guidelines

After the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recent release of its updated drinking guidelines, industry body Alcohol Beverages Australia (ABA) has responded by criticising the guidelines suggesting they are overly complicated, making it difficult to manage your long-term risk.

Cut in Alcohol Consumption Recommended; New Guidelines Released

Cut in Alcohol Consumption Recommended; New Guidelines Released

In the first guideline update in more than 10 years, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released newly revised guidelines on reducing health risks from drinking alcohol, revising down what they say is a "safe" level of alcohol intake. The authority now recommends that healthy men and women reduce the risk of harm by drinking no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.

10 Ways to Implement Best Practice in Managing Your Licensed Premises

10 Ways to Implement Best Practice in Managing Your Licensed Premises

Revenue V Harm Minimisation: It could be seen as a conflict for a venue operator, but they are not necessarily mutually opposed. If the privilege of holding a licence is abused, Victoria Police, the VCGLR or your local Council can apply to the Commission to vary, cancel or suspend your licence.

About Your Licence - Renewable Liquor Licence

About Your Licence - Renewable Liquor Licence

As any other licensee across Victoria, holding a Renewable Limited Liquor Licence comes with certain obligations which you are required to abide by. But what are these obligations and how do they relate to a renewable limited liquor licence?

About Your Licence - Restaurant and Cafe Liquor Licence

About Your Licence - Restaurant and Cafe Liquor Licence

As any other licensee across Victoria, holding a Restaurant and Café Liquor Licence comes with certain obligations which you are required to abide by. But what are these obligations and how do they relate to a restaurant and cafe liquor licence?

Liquor Licence Renewals for 2020 to be Issued

Liquor Licence Renewals for 2020 to be Issued

Licensees across the state can expect to receive your annual renewal notice from late November according to a recently released VCGLR statement. As in previous years, Liquor licence renewal fees are due for payment in full to the State Revenue Office by 31 December 2019 regardless of when your liquor licence or permit was issued.

Grants Program for Craft Producers

Grants Program for Craft Producers

In a recent media release, the Victorian State Government has announced that it is backing Victoria’s small-scale and craft producers to grow with a range of grants of up to $200,000 available.

VCGLR Digitises Liquor Licence Renewal Process

VCGLR Digitises Liquor Licence Renewal Process

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) has announced that it is making it easier for licensees to renew their liquor licence and reduce its paper usage by digitising the liquor licence renewal process.

Labor Promises to Abolish Melbournes Last Remaining Dry Area

Labor Promises to Abolish Melbournes Last Remaining Dry Area

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.

Liquor Licence Application Boom in Melbournes Docklands

Liquor Licence Application Boom in Melbournes Docklands

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.

Changes Affecting Liquor Licence Applications

Changes Affecting Liquor Licence Applications

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.

Liquor Licensing Forums - Are They Worth It?

Liquor Licensing Forums - Are They Worth It?

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.

Soldiers Hill Venue 'Cafe Bodega' gets Approval for Liquor Licence

Soldiers Hill Venue 'Cafe Bodega' gets Approval for Liquor Licence

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 Acquires EDQ Town Planning

On Tap Liquor Consulting Acquires EDQ Town Planning

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.

Sports Club Liquor Licenses - About Incorporated Associations

Sports Club Liquor Licenses - About Incorporated Associations

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.

7-Eleven Group acquire a majority interest in Tipple - Australia’s largest alcohol delivery startup

7-Eleven Group acquire a majority interest in Tipple - Australia’s largest alcohol delivery startup

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.

Minor Business Exemption: Bed and Breakfast

Minor Business Exemption: Bed and Breakfast

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.

Drinks Collective Show 2018

Drinks Collective Show 2018

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.

Wholesale Data Reporting for 2017-18 Due

Wholesale Data Reporting for 2017-18 Due

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.

4 Ways Your Venue Can Better Get Along With its Neighbours

4 Ways Your Venue Can Better Get Along With its Neighbours

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.

Restaurant & Cafe Liquor Licenses; New Online Application Form

Restaurant & Cafe Liquor Licenses; New Online Application Form

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.

Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Finalists

Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Finalists

On Tap Liquor Consulting have been announced as finalists in the Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards

Sports Club Liquor Licencing; Your Legal Obligations as a Committee Member

Sports Club Liquor Licencing; Your Legal Obligations as a Committee Member

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.

Important changes to Victorian liquor legislation; Changes to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998

Important changes to Victorian liquor legislation; Changes to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998

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.

RSA Training Courses Available In Geelong

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.

Liquor Industry New Entrant Training Victoria

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.

New Entrant Training Comes To Ballarat

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.

RSA Courses Now In 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.

Liquor Licence Renewals for 2017


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Commonly asked questions, relating to minors on licensed premises

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.

Licensee Rights You Didn’t Know You Had

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.

7 Tips To Pass Your RSA With Ease

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

Increases to gambling and liquor fees and penalties came into effect on 1 July 2016.

6 Questions to ask yourself applying for a liquor licence

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.

RSA Training Courses in Ararat

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

Licenced Venue Compliance - Using the Power of the Cloud

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

Geelong Packaged Liquor Accord

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.

A Boy Named Sue

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

The Mex Restaurant and Bar in Ocean Grove is back and under original ownership

The Keystone Restaurant

Located in Wantirna South, The Keystone Restaurant is an Italian restaurant pizzeria and cafe with a modern feel

Mr. Macedon

Mr. Macedon is a cafe, breakfast & brunch restaurant and coffee shop all in one, located on Victoria Street, Macedon.

Koukla Cafe and Pizzeria

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.

Christmas and New Year Office Closure

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.

Liberty Pizza Inn

The Liberty Pizza Inn is a family owned and operated Bar/Restaurant that is now a major hot spot in the Warragul township.

Minors on Licensed Premises - Know Your Responsibilities

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.

Eel Skinners and Duck Pluckers BNS

The Eel Skinners and Duck Pluckers Ball is on again in 2015.

Two Fat Men Kitchen Healesville

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.

Automatic Licence Extension For New Years Eve

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

Schoolies Week: Be Prepared

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

The Future of Liquor Compliance Is Here

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!

Preparing For The Racing Season

With preparations for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival underway it is important for venues and racegoers alike to remember their responsibilities.

Maximum Patron Capacity Policy Change

A change in VCGLR policy which On Tap Liquor Consulting have been pushing for some time has been implemented.

New Kingston Liquor Accord Introduced

Victoria’s newest liquor accord has been introduced in Kingston the Moorabbin Kingston Leader has reported.

Jacks Wine Merchants

Congratulations to Jack and the team at Jacks Wine Merchants, with their recently extended licensed premises.

Daylight Savings

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.

Sunshine CBD Liquor Ban

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.

Smoking Bans for Outdoor Dining areas

New smoking bans within outdoor dining areas will likely take effect in Victoria as of 1st August 2017

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Castlemaine Brewing Company

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.

Wholesale Sales Data - Collecting and Reporting


The Grill House Mildura


Millars Lara

Millars Lara is now fully licensed under a Restaurant and Café Liquor Licence

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