The Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Act 2017 was passed by the South Australian Parliament on 14 November 2017 to implement reforms to liquor licensing in South Australia.
The reforms were developed in response to the 2016 review conducted by retired Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson QC, which made 129 recommendations to create a modern and flexible licensing system that supports a vibrant hospitality industry, while maintaining a safe drinking culture.
Delivery of the reforms has been divided into three stages to allow for operational changes and further consultation on different aspects of the reforms.
To stay informed about the reforms, all holders of liquor licenses are encouraged to sign up for e-notifications by visiting www.cbs.sa.gov.au/signup.
Changes commencing late 2019
The State Government delivered the 2018-19 State Budget on Tuesday, 4 September 2018, which included the introduction of new liquor licensing fees.
All current licences will transition to new liquor licence categories, commencing late 2019 and a risk-based annual licensing fee will be adopted. Licensees can calculate their new annual licensing fees using the fee calculator.
The new fee structure will start in November 2019 but will not be applied to existing licences until mid-2020. The annual fee payable by July 2019 will be based on the existing fee structure.
Consumer and Business Services developed the Liquor and gaming online portal, where licensees can use to review changes to their licences and make adjustments to reduce their annual fees.
Consumer and Business Services will continue to work with industry and licensees to provide advice about these changes.
Mid-2019 - Liquor Online portal now live
The Liquor and gaming online portal is now operational. Licensees have been invited to review the changes to their licences. Licensees also have the opportunity to reduce their operational hours and capacity which may reduce their annual fees.
November 2019 - New liquor licensing system becomes operational
Licensees are provided with updated licences through Liquor Online portal and new licence categories become operational.
Stage 2 changes create tougher penalties for breaches of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, expand protections for minors, reduce red tape, and introduce additional changes in the best interest of the community in relation to:
- direct sales
- seizure of evidence of age documents
- dry zones
- welfare barrings
- training requirements
- liquor accords.
Laws have now passed that support the stage 2 reforms, many of which commence 24 September 2018.
The first stage of reforms commenced in December 2017, focusing on protecting minors and reducing red tape.
More information on Liquor licensing reform