Ensuring premises selling alcohol meet their licensing requirements
Alcohol Licensing Officers at Community and Public Health monitor premises with alcohol licences and assist the local Medical Officers of Health to enquire into and report on proposed licence applications or renewals.
Medical Officers of Health report on all applications under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 for:
- On Licences such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, and bars;
- Off Licences including supermarkets, bottle stores and wineries;
- Club Licences such as sports clubs, RSAs, and working men’s clubs; and
- Special Licences – short term licences for particular events at normally unlicensed premises or locations, or to alter the conditions of a licences to allow for particular events.
The primary focus of these enquiries is the suitability of the applicant, including preventing alcohol-related harm and host responsibility.
Alcohol Licensing Officers collaborate with the Police and Licensing Inspectors from local councils as part of these enquiries, and when monitoring premises or running Controlled Purchase Operations. Controlled Purchase Operations (CPOs) involve visiting licensed premises and testing their procedures to ensure that:
- minors are not supplied with alcohol; and
- appropriate food is promoted and available – to meet legal requirements.
Find out more about the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 including the changes made in December 2013.
Training is available for sellers and servers of alcohol
Community and Public Health’s Alcohol Licensing Officers support Licensed Controller Qualification training – a requirement for a Duty Manager’s Certificate.
Online training for sellers and servers of alcohol is available through ServeWise. ServeWise is a free national e-Learning tool for both on- and off-licensed premises. The modules focus on intoxication, minors, server intervention and host responsibility. The training programme takes a total of an hour to complete.
- Drugs in bars: A guide for licensees (Health Promotion Agency 2019)
Contact your local CPH office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169
Have your say on alcohol in your community
There are many ways you can have your voice heard on alcohol in your community. You might have a specific concern or there might be an opportunity to take action.
Find out about alcohol license applications on your local Council website:
This signage is available from the Community Health Information Centre.