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​For the record: Bars oppose new licence fees

Issued: Monday, 18 April 2016

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'Bars oppose new licence fees' by Kirsty Needham, Sun Herald, 17 April 2016.

The article's reference to risk-based liquor licence fee loadings being introduced this year is incorrect.

Risk-based loadings on liquor licence fees that would apply if a venue had an adverse compliance history have been deferred in 2016 pending the outcome of the independent Callinan liquor law review that is considering the impact of the periodic licensing system on business viability and vibrancy.

This includes the deferral of premises location, compliance history and patron capacity risk loadings in 2016.

Only base liquor licence fees, as well as trading hours risk-based loadings that apply to licensed venues that sell alcohol after midnight, will be payable in 2016, as they were in 2015.

The report of the liquor law review will be submitted to the NSW Government for consideration in August 2016.

A fact sheet on liquor licence fees is available at:


Further information on the liquor law review is available at: