Labor Slugs Community Clubs By 1,000% Since 2008

Labor Slugs Community Clubs By 1,000% Since 2008

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

Victoria Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O’Brien

Coalition To Slash Liquor Licence Fees For Clubs, Small Business

Victor P Taffa

A Baillieu Government will ease the financial pressure on over 10,000 sporting clubs, small businesses and community groups by slashing Labor’s exorbitant liquor licensing fees.

Since 2008 the Brumby Government has increased fees for many sporting and community clubs by over 1,000%, increased renewable licence fees by almost 600% and more than doubled fees for vignerons.

This has made holding a liquor licence unaffordable for many groups and increased costs for struggling small businesses.

A Baillieu Government will cut a range of liquor licence renewal fees by more than half, commencing from 1 January 2011.


“Our sporting and social clubs are the lifeblood of many communities across Victoria. They are not responsible for Premier John Brumby’s failure to deal with a rising tide of alcohol-related violence, but Labor has made them the scapegoat for the government’s incompetence.” Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.

“Similarly, our restaurants, cafes and vignerons are a vital part of Victoria’s cultural mix, but Labor has treated them as though they are responsible for drunken violence and assaults.”

“We will ease the financial pressure on these community groups and small businesses by delivering an immediate and major reduction in their liquor licence renewal fees.” Mr. Baillieu said.


Under the Coalition’s Policy, the following reductions in liquor licensing renewal fees will apply for the 2011 calendar year.Licence Type Labor’s Renewal Fee Coalition’s Renewal Fee
BYO Permit $405.80 $200
Full club licence* $812.70 $400
Restricted club licence $405.80 $200
Vigneron’s licence $405.80 $200
Restaurant and café licence $405.80 $200
Limited licences $405.80 $200

* Clubs without gaming machines


Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O’Brien said that Labor’s liquor licence fee hikes had increased total charges from $10 Million to $35 Million since 2008.

“Labor’s tax grab has hurt local sporting and social clubs and even service organisations such as Rotary and Lions clubs. These groups are the glue that binds our community; they are not the cause of violence on our streets as Labor has treated them.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“It makes no sense for church groups, schools and others holding fundraisers to have to pay exorbitant fees for a temporary liquor licence.”

“The Coalition will support our community groups in the fantastic work they do by making liquor licence fees fair and affordable.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The Coalition’s Policy contrasts with Labor’s Policy, which only offers a fee reduction for clubs with fewer than 100 members.

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition will not penalise clubs that have worked to build their membership to 100 or more. A Baillieu Government will protect over 10,000 of Victoria’s clubs, community groups and small businesses from John Brumby’s licence fee attack.” Mr. O’Brien said.

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VIC Shadow Minister for Gaming Michael O'Brien

VIC Shadow Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien