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Support and relief for liquor and gaming licensees affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the current effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Queensland, there is help available for liquor and gaming licensees.

Support includes waiving 2020–21 liquor licensing fees for current licensees as at 30 June 2020, payroll tax relief, funds for re-training and job-matching, and providing a $500 rebate on electricity bills.

The Queensland Government has released a roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions – find out how this easing of restrictions affects hospitality and other business closures.

Waiving annual licence fees

If you are a current liquor or wine licensee as of 30 June 2020, your 2020–21 fees will be waived.

Licensees are not eligible for a pro-rata refund of their 2019–20 liquor licence fees.

For new licensees in 2020–21, you will be required to pay your annual licence fee on a pro-rata basis for the relevant licence type and risk criteria (if applicable).

This means if you become licensed in November 2020, you will not be charged fees for the remainder of November, but you will be liable for fees for each full month remaining in the financial year—in this case, 7/12 of the relevant fees.

But when applying for the extended trading hours approval you do not have to pay this fee for 2020–21 if you were licensed at 30 June 2020 and still hold the same liquor licence.

If you held a liquor or wine licence on 30 June 2020, you will not receive an annual fee notice in 2020–21. You should take this time to log into the client portal and update any relevant information, including any changes to your contact details.

An updated licence document will only be sent to you if you change your operations (e.g. increase trading hours).

Tax relief for pubs and clubs

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice announced $50 million extra tax relief for Queensland pubs and clubs who are affected by the new measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

This announcement included a 3-month deferral of March 2020 gaming taxes and health services levies. The deferral has been extended to June 2021.

Gaming tax deferrals

The new terms of gaming tax deferrals are stated in the Gaming Tax Notice 2020.

The Commissioner has approved 21 June 2021 as the day on which deferred March 2020 gaming machine taxes will be paid. The Commissioner has also approved that the deferred taxes will be collected in 3 equal instalments on:

  • 21 June 2021
  • 20 August 2021
  • 20 October 2021.

Also consider…


General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

  • Licence and permit enquiries

1300 072 322

  • Gaming compliance enquiries

  • Liquor compliance enquiries

  • Media enquiries (07) 3738 8622