Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Finance; Racing and Gaming; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Extra cheers for FIFA World Cup fans

    23/09/2022 9:35 AM
    • Extended trading hours policy for WA's licensed venues during upcoming FIFA World Cup
    • Venues can apply to stay open for sporting fans to catch the live action between November 20 and December 18
    • Licensees are encouraged to lodge an ETP as soon as possible
    • A combined 3.57 billion viewers tuned into the 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Western Australian pubs and bars will be able to open longer hours to show games in upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in a major score for football fans.


    With many games airing late at night or early in the morning, venues can apply for a one-off extended trading permit to televise games in the tournament between November 20 and December 18.


    The State's Director of Liquor Licensing has approved a one-off liquor policy to allow for the extended trading hours for licensed premises during the games. 


    The extended trading will not only support hospitality businesses and the economy, but it will also give sports fans the opportunity to watch the games live and enjoy the spirit of the game with friends.


    Under the new policy, licensed venues will be permitted to trade until thirty minutes after the conclusion of the game if it sits outside normal trading hours, providing a live broadcast is shown on the premises during the extended trading period.


    The Australian men's team's first match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is against France on Wednesday, November 23 at 3am.


    Licensees should lodge their applications for an ETP or to vary their licence conditions as soon as possible.


    For information on how to apply, visit the DLGSC website.


    Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti:


    "More than 3.5 billion people tuned into the last FIFA World Cup in 2018 and this policy will give Western Australian venues and fans more opportunity to be part of this global event.


    "Many of the games start outside of normal pub or bar hours, which is rarely a deterrent for a dedicated football fan, so we hope everyone makes the most of the opportunity.


    "This is also great for tourists, as there's nothing better than finding somewhere in a foreign city to tune in and watch your team.


    "It's great to see more people getting out and about and socialising in licensed venues - this policy will facilitate that. 


    "I encourage Western Australians to head down and support their local during the games."


    Minister's office - 6552 6400