Any New South Wales liquor licence holders, with fees outstanding, have until next Monday to pay for their licence renewal, before the licence is cancelled.

All licence fees were due to be paid last month and anyone who did not pay their fees before Monday 26 June will have had their licence suspended.

Liquor and Gaming NSW has given a further month to pay outstanding fees, along with a late payment fee, and Monday 24 July is the closing date for those payments. It is also possible to apply for a late payment waiver, but that option also ends on Monday.

From Tuesday 25 July any licences will be cancelled if any outstanding fees, including late payment fees, still exist. However applications will then open for licence reinstatement, with this process lasting until Monday 18 September.

As of Tuesday 19 September licences will be permanently cancelled if any outstanding fees exist and licences cannot be reinstated after this date.

In Queensland all fees are indexed annually and annual fees are payable by 31 July each year. Licences will be automatically suspended, and then cancelled after 28 days, if the fee remains outstanding.

If a liquor licence is cancelled, gaming licences will also be automatically cancelled. If this occurs, gaming activities must cease. Licensed monitoring operators will be advised to disable all gaming machines. All hotel operating authorities or club entitlements will be forfeited to the state, with no opportunity for redress. If this occurs, licensees have to reapply for a gaming licence and purchase new operating authorities or entitlements at market rates.

In Victoria and Tasmania liquor licence renewals are due by 31 December each year, while in South Australia annual licence fees are due by 30 June. In Western Australia and Northern Territory fees are simply due before the date the licence expires.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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