Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    New liquor reform a boost for tourism operators

    12/09/2017 9:30 AM
    • Accredited tour operators will now be able to supply liquor on their tours
    • New regulations will reflect WA's move toward a responsible drinking culture 

    As part of the McGowan Government's priority to elevate the importance of tourism in our State, changes to the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 have been approved.


    From tomorrow (September 13) tour operators, who gain accreditation, can supply alcohol on their tours.


    This means accredited tourism businesses can now offer hospitality experiences such as providing self-serve beer and wine to guests at a barbecue dinner or creating a dining experience with alcohol while touring an attraction.


    To become an accredited tour operator, business owners have to complete training with the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program run by the Tourism Council of WA.


    Under the new regulations, an agreement will be held between the Director of Liquor Licensing and the Tourism Council of WA to ensure that tour providers continue to operate to an excellent standard, with the responsible service of alcohol.


    Other conditions include the supply of alcohol must only be a secondary extra to the purpose of the tour and must not be provided at an additional cost.


    Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:


    "The new regulations reflect Western Australia's move toward a responsible drinking culture.


    "This is one amendment in a suite of changes to come that will bring WA's liquor laws in line with current policy and allow tourists to responsibly enjoy liquor.


    "Tourism is a key financial driver in WA; it plays a significant role in diversifying the State's economy and creating new jobs."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600