The Victorian regulator for Gambling and Liquor regulation has issued harm-reduction measures and a reminder for licensees.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) dispatched renewal notices for liquor licences for 2016 on 27 November. Venues have until 31 December to complete and pay for renewals.
Amid the approaching silly season, the regulator is reminding publicans to not leave it until the last minute. It is also offering suggested non-compulsory measures to help prevent or minimise problems this New Year’s Eve period.
“We are encouraging licensees to implement additional voluntary measures to reduce harm this NYE,” VCGLR senior communications advisor Ilze Tetaris told PubTIC.
“These include: replacing glasses with plastic cups, holding ticketed events to control patron numbers, promoting free and easily accessible drinking water, and restricting drinks (e.g. no shots or double shots, limiting number of drinks per person).”
More information on the measures can be found on the VCGLR website here.
New licences will be issued around February, and the regulator says old licences should remain on display until the replacement is received.
Applications to reduce or waive renewal fees must be lodged prior to 31 December. More information on these conditions can be found here.
Enquiries or requests for copies of renewal Notices should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.