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.
Non-payment of annual fees - liquor licensees
Under the Liquor Act, 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 $14,290 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, any licensee who has their operating authorities forfeited to the state cannot claim compensation or seek to have the decision reversed.
- Last reviewed: 21 Jun 2019
- Last updated: 1 Jul 2021
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