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Reforms to improve the legislative framework, making it easier to do business. The structure and function of the licensing authority will also be reviewed to ensure it meets current business and community expectations.
The key reform proposals being explored in Theme 2 include:
The sale, supply and consumption of liquor in Western Australia (WA) is governed by a legislative framework consisting of:
The aim is to modernise and simplify the legislative framework to meet the changing needs of industry, community, and the regulator. This includes:
Liquor licensing decisions and disciplinary matters are determined by the licensing authority — the Director of Liquor Licensing (DLL) and the Liquor Commission.
The DLL is a statutory position held by the chief executive officer of DLGSC that assists with administration of the Act. The DLL, who has powers of delegation, makes most decisions about liquor licensing applications and other matters. An important aspect of the DLL’s role is they must have the flexibility and discretion to make decisions about an application or matter, while balancing the interests of consumers, industry development and harm minimisation.
The Liquor Commission replaced the Liquor Court in 2007. It was set up to provide a less formal and technical review of some decisions made by the DLL. The Liquor Commission determines or reviews liquor complex licensing matters, including complaints, awarding of costs, and provides policy advice relating to liquor control. The Liquor Commission Rules regulate the practice and procedure of the Commission and matters that are related and subject to the regulations.
DLGSC inspectors (under delegation from the DLL) and officers from the Western Australian Police Force manage the compliance and enforcement of liquor laws across Western Australia.
This reform will consider:
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