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Anzac Day trading hours for licensed premises
The Anzac Day public holiday affects trading hours, service of alcohol and use of gaming machines for licensed premises.
For related Anzac Day activities, refer to the following:
- For two-up regulations, see Two-up on Anzac Day or Part 8A of the Charitable and Non-profit Gaming Act 1999.
- For trading hours in non-licensed premises, read about Anzac Day trading hours.
Standard licence conditions
On 24 April each year, the sale and supply of alcohol must cease at midnight (with a grace period of 30 minutes permitted until 12.30am for patrons to finish consuming their drinks).
From 10am to 1pm on Anzac Day (25 April), liquor may only be sold or supplied with a meal in a part of the premises that is ordinarily set aside for dining, if the meal is also prepared, served and intended to be eaten on the premises.
Patrons can buy alcohol for 1 hour before eating their meal, while they are eating their meal, and for 1 hour after finishing their meal.
Take away liquor is not permitted before 1pm on Anzac Day.
After 1pm on Anzac Day, normal liquor trading hours and conditions apply.
No gaming is permitted in hotels and clubs between midnight and 1pm on 25 April. For casinos, gaming is not permitted between 3am and 1pm on Anzac Day.
After 1pm, normal trading conditions will apply.
5am trading on Anzac Day for RSL or services clubs
The Liquor Act 1992 allows trading from 5am on Anzac Day in association with dawn services. The Act allows licensed RSL and services clubs to trade from 5am on Anzac Day as part of their ordinary trading hours. They do not need to apply for a permit to do this if they are catering for Anzac Day services or functions.
RSL and services clubs are exempt from the standard requirement to provide meals at their premises.
5am trading on Anzac Day for other licensees on behalf of an RSL or services club
Other licensees may apply for an extended hours permit to trade from 5am–1pm on Anzac Day only if the licensee has entered into a written agreement with an RSL or services club to sell liquor at an Anzac Day event being held on behalf of the club. Meals do not need to be served if the agreement is in place.
Note: The agreement must state that the licensed premises conducting the function is holding the function on behalf of the RSL or services club (i.e. the other licensed premises are being used as there is no suitable RSL or services club premises available). Letters advising that a licensee has RSL support to conduct an Anzac Day function are not acceptable.
Other pre-10am trading
Licensees can also apply for an extended hours permit from 6am subject to the usual processing requirements and the requirement to supply meals.
Club licensees don't need to keep a sign-on register for people attending an Anzac Day function.
Fees are not required for any application (community liquor permit, commercial public event permit, extended hours permit, temporary decrease, etc.) made by an RSL or services club or a licensee with an agreement with an RSL or services club.
How to apply for pre-10am trading on Anzac Day
Licensees - other than licensed RSL or services clubs - applying for an extended hours permit to trade from 6am on Anzac Day must submit an application to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, along with a copy of the agreement with an RSL or services club.
If a licensee wishes to apply for an extended hours permit to trade from 6am on Anzac Day, a completed application must be submitted to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.
Applications must be lodged at least 21 days before Anzac Day (i.e. on or before 4 April).
- Email your liquor licence compliance enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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