Most applications under the Liquor Control Act have to be advertised in order to inform the community. Which applications need to be advertised, and the advertising criteria for each are determined when the application is lodged with the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.
Any person can object to an advertised application provided their objection is based on the general grounds or objection that are outlined in the Act.
The general grounds for objection are:
- that the grant of the application wouldn't be in the public interest;
- that the grant of the application would cause undue harm or ill-health to people, or any group of people, due to the use of liquor;
- that if the application was granted undue offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience would likely occur to people who reside or work in the vicinity, or to people in or travelling to an existing or proposed place of worship, hospital or school;
- that if the application was granted the amenity, quiet or good order of the locality in which the premises is, or will be, would in some way be lessened;
- that the grant of the application would contravene the Liquor Control Act.
If an objection is based on the application not being in the public interest, the objection has to be supported by a written statement outlining the reasons why. The Director of Liquor Licensing may require further supporting evidence to be provided and may determine that any grounds of objection be forwarded to the applicant.
The Director may also ask any objector to verify if they have, or will have, any economic interest in the refusal of the application and whether the objection has been lodged on behalf of another person or organisation.
The Director can also dismiss any objection that is determined to be frivolous, vexatious or repetitious of other objections.
All objections to the Director of Liquor Licensing must be made in writing and may be submitted by completing the Objections available here.