Penalties for late payment of liquor licence fees

As a liquor licensee, it's important to remember to pay your annual licence fees on time.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) must receive payment of your annual licence fees by 31 July each year. You can pay your fees online through the client portal.

Note: When liquor and gaming machine licences are cancelled due to non-payment of fees, there are no provisions under the Liquor Act 1992 or Gaming Machine Act 1991 to reinstate either licence.

Non-payment of annual fees - liquor licensees

Under the Liquor Act 1992, failing to pay your liquor licence fee on time results in:

  • automatic suspension of your liquor licence for 28 days
  • automatic cancellation of your liquor licence after 28 days (if your fee remains unpaid)
  • possible high-end enforcement action
  • possible additional risk criterion licence fee fine of $13,040 for late payment.

In addition, you may be subject to on-the-spot fines, prosecution or disciplinary action if there is evidence that you have sold, exposed or carried liquor for sale during the suspension or cancellation period.

Non-payment of annual fees - gaming licensees

If you also hold a gaming licence, failing to pay your liquor licence fees on time, will result in:

  • automatic suspension of your gaming licence and liquor licence for 28 days
  • automatic cancellation of your gaming licence and liquor licence after 28 days (if your fee remains unpaid)
  • your machines being disabled by the relevant licensed monitoring operator
  • operating authorities associated with the gaming machine licence automatically becoming operating authorities of the State of Queensland.

Under the Gaming Machine Act 1991, any licensee who has their operating authorities forfeited to the state cannot claim compensation or seek to have the decision reversed.

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