QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation —
With reference to the review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998:
(1) Is section 9A(3)(b) of the Act forming part of the review.
(2) When will the review be completed.
The Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act) is important to Victoria's café, restaurant and vibrant nightlife culture. It is also an important tool in reducing harm arising from the misuse and abuse of alcohol.
On 4 November 2016, the government released terms of reference and a consultation paper for a review of the Act which included ensuring that Victoria has the right balance between supporting the liquor and hospitality industries including our attractive café, restaurant, pub, club bar and night-life culture while considering alcohol-related harm such as domestic violence. The Royal Commission Into Family Violence recommended that the review consider these issues via consultation with relevant experts and this has occurred.
The Act is complex and for this reason the review is ongoing. In the short term, the review is considering some specific reforms. The remainder of the Act is being reviewed over a longer period of time. This will allow for a more detailed consideration of the impact of any proposed changes and importantly, further consultation with both industry and community stakeholders. The Liquor Control Advisory Council will form an important part of this consultation process.
Section 9A(3)(b) of the Act provides that a restaurant and café licence must not permit the playing of both live and recorded music on the premises at higher than background music level at any time outside of ordinary trading hours. This condition will be considered as part of the longer term review.
Hon Marlene Kairouz MP
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation