Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Liquor reforms will cut industry red tape

    17/11/2015 8:05 AM
    • Changes allow producers to establish a collective or second cellar door
    • Sunday trading hours extended for hotels and nightclubs  

    The State Government is making life easier for hotel and nightclub licensees by modernising Western Australia's liquor laws, as recognised in the inaugural 2015 Red Tape Reduction Report Card.


    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the changes under the Liquor Legislation Amendment Act 2015 enabled 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 allows 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 while also driving tourism outcomes and meeting consumer demand."


    In a significant red tape reduction, the Act facilitates the Director of Liquor Licensing to accept applications without planning approval being provided at the time the application is lodged.


    Mr Holt said another change allowed hotels 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.


    "The changes recognise modern community expectations and the seven-day week economy," he said.


    The Act also abolishes an anomaly that barred people from moving freely in 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 also benefit from the removal of antiquated restrictions that prohibit them from taking sales via telephone or the internet from an office not located on their licensed premises.


    Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the legislative reforms highlighted the range of real, practical benefits the Government was delivering to businesses and community.


    "By cutting red tape, we can make operating a business easier and provide greater convenience, more choice and flexibility for the community," Mr Marmion said.


    Fact File

    • The changes to the Liquor Control Act will come into effect on November 20, 2015
    • Stage 2 of the Liquor Legislation Amendment Bill, further addressing licensing red tape, is expected to be introduced into State Parliament by early 2016
    • Read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card here
    • Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #ShredTheRed here 

    Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100

    Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800