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- March 2013 - Approved Trading System for Gaming Machine Entitlements
On 8 November 2012 the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner established a trading round for the purchase and sale of
gaming machine entitlements (known as Trading Round 3/2013). Further information is available here.
Media Release - Small Venues passed
Small Venues to thrive in vibrant Adelaide - Small Venues Licence Fact Sheet
February 2013 - News Release - Results of Trading Round 2/2012
18 January 2013 - CBS has developed guidelines to assist licensees to comply with the new General Code Of Practice. Click here for information
16 January 2013 - Licensee Bulletin 16 January 2013 - New General Code of Practice and Guidelines
30 November 2012 - Reminder to Licensees that the new General Code of Practice takes effect on 18 January 2013 - View a copy of the Licensee Bulletin sent to licensees
- November 2012
In October 2012, Cabinet approved the
General Code of Practice after undertaking significant public consultation.
This Code includes measures relating to minors, promoting a responsible attitude towards the consumption of liquor, drink spiking, intoxication, disorderly or offensive behaviour, disturbances, risk assessment and staff training.
The General Code of Practice will apply to all licensees from 18 January 2013, and will replace the Code of Practice currently in force.
In the coming weeks, CBS will be issuing a supporting set of Guidelines to assist licensees in complying with the new General Code of Practice. CBS is also in the process of developing a template to assist licensees with the requirement to have a written management plan in place. These documents will be available on the CBS website shortly.
- 25 October 2012 -
Changes to producer's licences (updated)
- October 2012 - Consultation on the Draft Late Night Trading Code of Practice
Reducing alcohol-related harm and violence is a priority for the State Government.
Consultation is now open on a Draft Late Night Trading Code of Practice for
venues that operate late at night. The links between excessive alcohol
consumption, offending, public disorder and injuries are well established.
A wide-ranging and diverse program to reduce alcohol-related harm in
and around licensed venues is underway, and the community is being asked for
feedback. For more information please click here.
- June 2012 - New Liquor Licensing Fees Reduced
- New Practice Direction for applications under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and Gaming Machines Act 1992.
April 2012 - Annual Liquor Licence Fees - Click here for information
March 2012 - Approved Trading System for Gaming Machine Entitlements
On 29 March 2012 the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner established a trading
round for the purchase and sale of gaming machine entitlements (known as
Trading Round 1/2012). A copy of the trading round announcement notice is
An information guide explaining the Approved Trading System and how to submit
offers to purchase or sell gaming machine entitlements in Trading Round 1/2012
is available here.
The closing date and time for the submission of offers is Friday 4 May 2012 at 5.00pm.
March 2012 - Responsible service of alcohol information sessions
Amendments to the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and Codes of Practice
On 3 December 2009, the then Attorney-General and Minister for Consumer Affairs
announced a review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 (the Act) and the Code of Practice.
The review focused on measures to address alcohol related crime and anti-social
behaviour in and around licensed premises (particularly entertainment areas) and
to promote the responsible service of alcohol.
Significant consultation was undertaken with industry and the general public in
relation to the proposals that were put forward as part of this review, including
the release of two discussion papers, as well as the Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous)
Amendment Bill 2011 and a draft Code of Practice. All were made available for public comment.
The Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2011 was assented to on 3 November 2011.
Licensees were recently sent a Bulletin containing important information about the key
amendments to the Act, including a number of administrative amendments that have already
taken effect, as well as other amendments that will take effect from 5 March 2012.
The Bulletin also provides an update about Codes of Practice, Annual Liquor Licence
Fees and the Approved Trading System for Gaming Entitlements.
View a copy of the Licensee Bulletin
View a copy of the Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2011
17 October 2011 - Licensee Bulletin - Approved Trading System
14 October 2011 - Following recent amendments to the Gaming Machines Act 1992, it was
expected that a trading round for the purchase and sale of gaming machine entitlements
would be held before the end of this year. Advice has been sought regarding the treatment
of GST for the sale and purchase of gaming machine entitlements. Some uncertainty remains
as to the GST treatment. Further advice has been sought. The Approved Trading System
subcommittee has been consulted and agree that resolution of GST treatment is essential
before commencing a trading round and that it would be preferable that a trading round
should not be held over the busy Christmas / New Year period.
For these reasons, the first trading round under the new approved trading system
is now expected to be announced by the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner in early 2012.
Consumer and Business Services (CBS), formerly the Office of the Liquor and Gambling
Commissioner, will make information about the first trading round available through
this website once the GST arrangements have been finalised.
Persons who wish to be notified when trading round information is available are
encouraged to subscribe to "Heads Up", the CBS email subscription service for Liquor
and Gambling news and updates. To subscribe, simply use go to the Heads Up page where you will
be asked to provide your contact details including an email address.
Bulletin - Amendments to the Gaming Machines Act 1992
To coincide with the removal of the role of the State Procurement Board in
the purchase and sale of gaming machines on 1 July 2011, the Minister for
Gambling has varied existing exemptions that facilitate financing arrangements.
The exemption may assist licensees with financing arrangements, by providing a mechanism
whereby gaming machines and gaming machine entitlements may be used as collateral in financing
arrangements and finance providers may exercise their rights of repossession and sale of the
gaming machines or gaming machine entitlements, subject to any credit arrangement.
Exemption Under Section 76a of the Gaming Machines Act
Applications staff moving premises
Please note that as part of our amalgamation into Consumer and Business Services,
our licensing applications staff will be relocated on 22 August 2011 to Chesser House,
Level 3, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000. All telephone enquiries should be
directed to 131 882.
We are changing
The Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner has amalgamated with the Office
of Consumer and Business Affairs and is now known as Consumer and Business Services.
By amalgamating our services we will bring together and streamline our processes to
improve service delivery to consumers and business alike. Staff and functions will
gradually be relocated to Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. All telephone
enquiries should now be made using the 131 882 number. Please check our website
regularly to keep informed about relocation details.
The Acting Minister for Gambling has granted an exemption from section 77(1) of the
Act in respect to the transfer of gaming machines and gaming machine entitlements (i.e.
the transfer of gaming machines and entitlements from the outgoing licensee to the incoming
licensee on the transfer of a licence without the involvement of a gaming amchine dealer is
exempt from being an unlawful act). http://www.governmentgazette.sa.gov.au/2011/july/2011_050.pdf
June 2011 - Amendments To The Gaming Machines Act 1992 (Tranche 2)
June 2011 - Changes To The Supply And Acquisition Of Gaming Machines And Components
22 March 2011 - Media release, consultation submissions and draft Code of Practice
8 March 2011 - information about recent changes to the Licensing Court.
21 January 2011 - A new Practice Direction has been issued for the lodgement of documentation in support of applications under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and Gaming Machines Act 1992. Click here to view the transitional arrangements.
Bulletin - Amendments To Gaming Machines Act 1992
Festive Trading Hours
20 July 2010 - Liquor licence changes target anti-social behaviour.
20 July 2010 - Discussion papers on the review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and the Code of Practice
3 May 2010 - Information on changes to Liquor Licensing Legislation
In April 2010 the Minister for Gambling issued a Notice of Exemption under Regulation 10 of the Gaming Machine Regulations
2005. This notice grants ocean going passenger vessels entering South Australian state waters an exemption from section
45 of the Gaming Machines Act 1992 to possess gaming machines. The exemption is conditional on the ocean going passenger
vessel not operating electronic gaming machines while in South Australian waters. Click here to view the exemption in full.
The SA Government is cutting red tape to make it easier for SA wine producers to do business and to promote their products in the market place. Click here to view the media release.
New laws making it easier to determine whether someone requesting alcohol in licensed premises is drunk are among many new changes to South Australiaâ€™s liquor licensing laws coming into effect next Monday, 3 May. Click here to view the media release.
Important step in charities crackdown - Minister for Gambling, Tom Koutsantonis, said its part of the Rann Government's plan to stamp out dodgy practices. Click here to view the media release.
Barring orders help clean up SA's drinking scene - More than 900 people have been barred from South Australian pubs and clubs by Police in the first nine months of new barring laws enacted under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.
Parliament recently passed changes to liquor licensing laws in an effort to promote more responsible drinking behaviour, remove red tape and deliver savings to industry. The Liquor Licensing (Producers, Responsible Service and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2009 and the second reading of the Amendment Bill recorded in Hansard 9 September 2009 (see pp 3114-3119) can be viewed here.
Responsible consumption of alcohol message - 2009/2010 festive period: That next drink could cost more than you think. We all know that drinking alcohol increases our risks on the road, but it can also affect how well we do our job, play sport, relate to colleagues or family and even how well we supervise our children.
Parliament passes liquor changes for licensees & wineries. Changes to Liquor Licensing laws are expected to come into effect mid 2010
Proposed crackdown for SA charities. Charities would be compelled to provide a breakdown of their financial records, to be made publically available, under sweeping reforms proposed by the Rann Government
- Draft amendments have been made to the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 2008.
Interested persons are encouraged to view the draft regulations and make comment
by clicking on the following link: Draft amendments to the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 2008
09-09-2009 Minister Gago announced proposed changes to the Liquor Licensing Act
07-09-2009 Minister for Consumer Affairs Gail Gago and Minister for Gambling Tom Koutsantonis welcome todayâ€™s appointment of Paul White as Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling
The Australian Bankers' Association (ABA) and CPA Australia have recently published two new facts sheets for small businesses on Applying for a loan and Dealing with debt - how banks can help if the small business is experiencing financial difficulties.
31 August 2009 - Trade Promotion Lottery Licensees. Recently this office commenced an audit of outstanding winnersâ€™ details as required by the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 2008.
31 August 2009 - Liquor Licensees Disciplined: Mesa Lunga, White Dove, The Forresters' and Squatters' Arms Hotel (Mark and Alex Russell)
18 July 2009 - Police powers to bar update - Media Release
10/7/2009 - The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner has today revoked two licences of charitable organisations and refused the granting of a another licence. Media release
OLGC has advised licensees of important information about holding poker tournaments in their venues - News release.
18 May 2009 - Productivity Commission - Media Release
14 May 2009 - Casino Boundaries - Media Release
8 April 2009 - Police powers to bar update - Media Release
20 March 2009 - TAB Good Friday - Media Release
3 March 2009 - Rebels bikie gang are the first to be barred from an SA hotel - Media Release
1 March 2009 - Police powers to bar - Media Release
February 2009 Media Release - Port Augusta Taxi Rank
Bulletin - new Attachment B conditions - New Attachment B Conditions effective 1 December 2008
Bulletin - new codes of practice
Direct Sales Licences - Under Section 39A of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 -
A judgement made by the Licensing Court in November 2007, determined that â€śthe provisions
of section 39A of the Act do not require that particular premises be nominated, nor that such
a licence be granted only in relation to nominated premisesâ€ť. -
Click here for the Commissionerâ€™s Circular
A new guideline, Treating patrons fairly: How to avoid discrimination in licensed premises , has been produced to assist licensees take the necessary steps to ensure that their premises do not discriminate against patrons, and operate within the law. It explains the rights and responsibilities of licensees and their employees,
and outlines simple steps to assist in avoiding complaints of discrimination and help resolve them if they do occur.
New Lottery and Gaming Regulations 2008 application fees to come into effect as of 1 September 2008. Information Sheet.
New Lottery and Gaming Regulations 2008 will be introduced from 1st September 2008. The information bulletin highlights changes to the requirements for:
Eyes down bingo,
Instant Ticket Suppliers
Amendments to the Collection for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 will be
introduced from 1st September 2008. The changes provide for increased
disclosure requirements for charity collection and other entertainment
and a number of other administrative amendments. A more detailed
description of the changes is contained in the information bulletin.
The Self Assessment Checklist for Hotels and Clubs with Gaming Machines (and TAB if applicable) has been updated.
- February 2008 Media Release - Bacchus Bar
Bulletin - New Condition B
19-12-2007 Change to planning requirements for liquor licence applicants
13/12/2007 - Church Nightclub amended media release original dated 13/11/07 - Church Nightclub licensee found not fit and proper to be licensed
Coober Pedy alcohol register stops 'grog runner - News Release
From November 1 2007, smoking will no longer be permitted in 'enclosed areas' at all South Australian licensed premises.
Licensees have a legal obligation to ensure patrons do not smoke in enclosed areas.
For further information call the Department of Health Info Line: 1300 363 703 or visit the website www.tobaccolaws.sa.gov.au.
Important information for all licensed premises
Frequently asked questions
27-09-2007 Gifts and Liquor - Media Release
New information sheet - Clubs & liquor licensing
09-09-2007 Sky Lounge KTV - Media Release
07-09-2007 September New Condition B
Information for licensees - ID Scanning
Bulletin - Secuirty Boxes and Logic Seals
Media Release - 10-07-2007 Alcohol register helping to promote responsible drinking in Coober Pedy
Adelaide Metro's 'After Midnight' bus service offers patrons a safe, reliable and cost effective way home after a Saturday night out. Click here for further details.
To all licensees - Poker Tournaments - Letter from the Commissioner
Bulletin regarding the outcome of the third trade - Results of the third trade round
Gaming machine entitlements - further information and application form for third trade on 16 April 2007
The Licensee Update is the regular information newsletter produced by the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner. It is forwarded to all licensees in South Australia.
Licensee Update Winter 2010 - file size 3 MB
The editor welcomes all comments, story ideas and suggestions. Information and previous issues of the Licensee Update can be obtained from the Licensee Update Page.
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