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History of liquor regulation

Year Events


Licensing of 4 types by Clerk of Petty Sessions.


Publicans Act—reduction of licensing to 2 types by Clerk of Petty Sessions.


Licensing Act—age of liquor use defined as 14-years or older for takeaway liquor and persons 18-years or older for drinking on premises.


Liquor Act 1912—introduction of 4 types of licences (Licensed Victualler's, Winemaker’s, Packet, Billiard). Legal drinking age increased to 21 years old.


Creation of the Licensing Commission.


Commencement of restaurant licences.


Women allowed to drink in public bars.


Increase in licence types to 29 and permit types to 16.

Introduction of the Licensing Court.

Reduction of legal drinking age from 21 years to 18 years old.


Introduction of 24-hour trading for Commonwealth Games.


Introduction of detached bottle shops.


Introduction of new Liquor Act 1992:

  • abolition of Licensing Commission and Court
  • decision-making by Chief Executive
  • appeals to Tribunal
  • reduction of licence types to 7 and permits to 5.


Introduction of the Wine Industry Act.


Abolition of annual licence fees charged on liquor sales.


Introduction of the Premier's 17-point City Safety Action plan.

Commencement of the 3.00am lock-out provisions.


Addition of new liquor laws:

  • harm minimisation as first object of the Liquor Act 1992
  • assessment of community impact statements and risk
  • introduction of management plans
  • 2 licence types and 5 permit types
  • beginning of annual licence fees based on risk
  • new requirement for responsible service of alcohol for all employees and responsible management of licensed venues for all licensees
  • introduction of irresponsible supply provisions
  • commencement of ministerial banning power
  • introduction of glassing legislation.


Abolition of the Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission; replaced with a single Commissioner.


Red tape reduction - a new Bill, the Liquor and Gaming (Red Tape Reduction) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, was introduced in 2 phases during 2013. This resulted in a range of changes to legislation affecting the liquor and gaming industries in Queensland.

Last reviewed
13 January 2016
Last updated
13 January 2016
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