About liquor and gaming in Queensland

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For industry-specific information, please visit Liquor and Gaming at Business Queensland.

History of liquor and gaming regulation

The history of liquor regulation in Queensland began with 4 licensing types created pre-1860. In 1843, the first race meeting was held in Brisbane. Find out more about the milestones of Queensland liquor and gaming regulation by downloading the current statistical report.

Liquor statistics

Various liquor licence types are available in Queensland under the Liquor Act 1992 and the Wine Industry Act 1994. Following is a comparison of liquor licence numbers over a 5-year period.

Learn more about each licence type and the related compliance requirements.

Liquor-licensed premises in Queensland, 2012-17

Year

2016-17*

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

Bar

77

67

53

50

37

Commercial hotel

1,351

1,322

1,309

1,306

1,293

Commercial special facility

97

104

110

110

110

Community club

887

896

909

919

928

Community other

436

446

446

451

451

Industrial canteen

34

38

46

67

64

Nightclub^

78

76

n/a

n/a

n/a

Producer/wholesaler

257

233

214

192

184

Subsidiary off-premises

95

82

79

82

89

Subsidiary on-premises

4,719

4,343

4,111

3,851

3,607

Wine merchant

16

15

13

13

10

Wine producer

138

138

142

147

152

Total

8,185

7,760

7,432

7,188

6,925

* Includes suspended licences.

^ The nightclub licence type was introduced in 2015. Prior to this, nightclubs were licensed under the ‘subsidiary on-premises (with the principle activity of entertainment)’ licence.

Gaming machine statistics

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) regularly publishes electronic gaming machine (EGM) statistics for clubs and hotels in geographical areas throughout Queensland.

You can access these statistics using our gaming statistics online service.

Note: Precautions have been taken to ensure that the information in this product is accurate. However, the Queensland Government accepts no liability for the accuracy of the information nor its use or the reliance placed on it. Queensland Government information in this product is subject to change without notice. OLGR currently uses the geographical areas provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2016.

Learn more about licensing and compliance for gaming machine operators.

Gambling research

Government-funded research about gambling provides direction for gaming policy in Queensland. This research, including the Queensland Household Gambling Survey, gives us a better understanding of gambling activity and issues in our local communities.