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Preparing For The Racing Season

An update from the VCGLR:

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

VCGLR inspectors are responsible for promoting, investigating, auditing and enforcing compliance with Victoria’s gambling and liquor laws.

Our inspectors will be out during the carnival carrying out inspections and working with our co-regulators, Victoria Police and VicRoads. We will be focussing on major events, such as the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate, Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Stakes Day.

Inspectors will not only patrol racetracks but also the venues near Moonee Valley, Flemington and Caulfield, along with after parties in Prahran, South Yarra and St Kilda.

Key areas of focus for inspectors are:

• ensuring young people aged under 18 are not drinking or gambling
 ensuring there is no supply of liquor to intoxicated persons
• responsible gambling.

Although Victorian race meetings are conducted under the umbrella of Racing Victoria as the industry’s governing body, remember that direct responsibility for the liquor licence lies with the club.

Inspectors regularly visit venues with gambling and liquor licences across Victoria to audit regulatory compliance and to promote harm minimisation. This includes responsible gambling and responsible service of alcohol.

Take a look at the links below to ensure you are up to speed with what’s expected of liquor licensees and gaming venue operators.


If you need assistance feel free to contact On Tap Liquor Consulting for advice at enquires@ontapliquor.com.au or phone (03) 5368 1881

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