By James Atkinson

Claims alleging a culture of bogus inspections and other improper conduct by the Victorian liquor regulator are "unsubstantiated and potentially defamatory", according to Victoria's Department of Justice.

Three former inspectors from Responsible Alcohol Victoria allege they conducted bogus checks of bars and clubs in order to meet the government's performance targets, Fairfax reported yesterday.

The allegations are made in affidavits filed in the Federal Court by the inspectors in support of a workplace safety and bullying claim involving senior Department of Justice officials.

The Department of Justice has responded on behalf of both itself and the VCGLR, which superseded Responsible Alcohol Victoria in early 2012 when the agencies were merged.

A spokesman said in a statement: "These unsubstantiated claims are very serious and potentially defamatory." 

"The Department will be defending the matter but will not be commenting further while it is before the Court."

"The Department of Justice continues to have full confidence in our staff and the management of liquor and gaming regulation." 

The Shout Team

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