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All applications for a liquor licence must satisfy the public interest
test to ensure that they are granted on
the basis that they are in the best interests of the public and are
consistent with the Liquor Control Act.
In determining each application, the licensing authority must consider a number of key public interest factors.
To satisfy the public interest test, the licensing authority may take into account:
factor will have differing levels of relevance depending on the
location of where the licensed premises will operate and to the type of
licensed venue that the application relates. As a result, the licensing
authority has wide discretion to determine what supportive documents and
information may be used in satisfying the public interest test.
each community is different and has individual characteristics,
flexibility exists within the test in order to consider the impact that
each individual application will have on the relevant, surrounding
To satisfy the public interest test, an applicant will
need to consider and find solutions to any negative impact that may be
suffered by sections of their community through the operation of their
In this regard it is important to note that
because each community is different, aspects of the public interest as
outlined in the Director of Liquor Licensing's Policy – Public Interest
Assessment may not be applicable to individual applications.
form is available to assist applicants in the preparation of a PIA
submission which sets out the criteria contained in the Director of
Liquor Licensing’s Policy – Public Interest Assessment in a
premises such as hotels, nightclubs and liquor stores, generally have a
greater impact on their surrounding communities than some of the other
types of venues.
Therefore, the expectation is that applicants
for these types of licences will be required to supply supporting
information that covers a wider and more detailed scope of public
interest issues than an application for a restaurant, producer or some
of the special facility sub-categories.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.