- Changes allow producers to establish a collective or second cellar door
- Sunday trading hours extended for hotels and nightclubs
The Liberal National Government is delivering on a commitment to modernise Western Australia's liquor laws with a raft of red tape-reduction reforms introduced into State Parliament.
Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the amendments to the Liquor Control Act stemmed from an independent review which delivered 141 recommendations.
Mr Holt said one of the key changes would enable beer and wine producers to establish a second cellar door operation or collective cellar door with other producers within the same region off site.
"This will allow producers to sell their products from a retail outlet that is situated away from their licensed premises, for example on the main street of a nearby town," he said.
"It will ultimately provide beer and wine producers greater flexibility whilst also driving tourism outcomes and meeting consumer expectations."
The Minister said the first stage of the Liquor Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 would acknowledge the expectations of modern Western Australian society by extending trading hours on Sundays for hotels and nightclubs.
"Under the changes hotels will be allowed to trade until midnight on Sundays - an extension of two hours - while nightclubs will be permitted to trade through to 2am of the following Monday morning," Mr Holt said.
The amendment Bill will abolish an anomaly that barred people from moving freely in a licensed premises where they had to cross an unlicensed area, such as a footpath, to an alfresco area.
The Minister said other changes included a provision for all producers to sell alcohol other than their own, ancillary to a meal or for comparative tasting, and allowing beer producers to sell their product for consumption (not just tasting) on a licensed premises between 10am and 10pm.
Beer, wine and spirit producers will also have antiquated restrictions removed that prohibited them from taking sales via telephone or the internet from an office not located on their licensed premises.
The Bill provides for other technical amendments, including:
- specifying a period of four years as the time a licensee is required to retain training and incident registers
- removing passports as a class of document that can be confiscated by an authorised officer under the Liquor Control Act 1988
- enabling the Director of Liquor Licensing to accept an application without the provision of a s.40 certificate from the relevant planning authority at the time of lodging.
- Stage 2 of the Liquor Legislation Amendment Bill, further addressing licensing red tape, is expected to be introduced into State Parliament by early 2016
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