The new packaged liquor laws previously reported on by The Hospitality Messenger are still yet to come into effect.
Read our latest blog post here for an update.
As part of a suite of changes to the Liquor Control Act, all licensees may now allow a patron to take a partially consumed bottle of wine from the licensed premises if the wine was sold for consumption ancillary to a meal.
Importantly, the term “meal” is defined in the Act to mean food that:
Therefore, the change does not simply allow patrons to take home their unfinished bottle of wine in any situation. The wine in question must have been sold for the purpose of being consumed ancillary to a meal.
Relevantly, if it is alleged that the wine was not sold for the purpose of being consumed ancillary to a meal, it is incumbent upon the licensee to be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that it was.
MIRAGE BECOMES REALITY AS LICENCE CANCELLED
It rarely happens, but recently the Liquor Commission cancelled a licence that had been trading.
Police brought a section 95 complaint against the licensee of Mirage Palace in Northbridge, which was operating under a restaurant licence. Police sought orders from the Commission that the licence be cancelled and the sole director of the licensee company disqualified for 18 months from involvement in a licensed business.
Police alleged that 11 incidents had occurred across a three-week period that breached the licence conditions. It was submitted that:
The Liquor Commission agreed. Some of the Commission’s findings were that:
A fully copy of the decision can be read here.
Most premises licensed under a liquor store licence and situated outside the metropolitan area may now trade on the following Sundays in 2019, unless specified otherwise, without having to apply for an extended trading permit:
A number of store licences in restricted areas have been excluded and some licences will be subject to their own special conditions. All licensees should double check.
Many licences are subject to a condition requiring music at the premises to be kept at a background level which allows normal conversation to occur.
The Hospitality Messenger is often asked, “what does this mean exactly?”, “what constitutes ‘background’?” and “what does ‘normal conversation’ really mean?
There are no official definitions unfortunately.
The licensing authority has the discretion and the authority to determine the answers to those questions in relation to any particular set of circumstances. Each case will be determined on its own merits.
Generally speaking, to comply with such a condition, licensees need to ensure that any noise at the premises is carefully monitored, contained and kept to a low level which is secondary to the sounds of patrons conversing in a usual or ordinary manner.
Recently we have obtained approvals for various clients in relation to two liquor store licences, a tavern licence, a special facility licence, a restaurant licence, an ongoing hours ETP, an alteration/redefinition and variation to conditions.
If you want extended trading approval for Good Friday or Anzac Day, apply now.
Licensees must keep their contact details updated with the licensing authority.