In March, the Victorian Government revealed reforms to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 that include banning alcohol advertising within 150m of schools.
Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz announced the restriction as part of major reforms to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 which will also: · remove a loophole that allows minors accompanied by a parent or guardian to be served alcohol with a meal on licensed premises · require delivery drivers to check identification before leaving alcohol with a person who appears underage · introduce fines of more than $19,000 for the delivery of alcohol to a minor. The reforms will also allow people to take away their unfinished open bottles of liquor from licensed cafes and restaurants, and reduce red tape for businesses by reducing the time taken to transfer liquor licences following the sale of a business and eliminating the need for multiple licences for spirit producers.
The changes are part of an ongoing review of the Liquor Control Reform Act, which has included consultation with the public and the industry.
The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of reforms to Victoria’s liquor laws that will protect children from alcohol advertising and strengthen laws around the sale and supply of alcohol to children.