By Andrew Starke

The New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) has reminded liquor licensees that they will not need to lodge a periodic return this month (March) under recent changes to liquor regulation.

Clause 30 of the Liquor Regulation 2008 has been amended to change the frequency of the periodic return which must be lodged by liquor licensees from annual to biennial (every two years).

According to the OLGR, a biennial process strikes a good balance between the need to collect up-to-date information and the need to minimise red tape faced by industry.

The next biennial return will be due on March 31, 2012, and will relate to the previous two calendar years (i2010 and 2011).

This change has been made by the Liquor Amendment (Biennial Returns) Regulation 2011 and commenced on February 25, 2011.

Licensees who have not lodged last year’s return – which was due on 31 March 2010 – must still do so as soon as possible.

The Shout Team

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