Update: Summary of State Taxation Acts and Other Acts Amendment Act 2023

Update: Summary of State Taxation Acts and Other Acts Amendment Act 2023

On 12 December 2023, legislation making important amendments to Victorian tax laws received Royal Assent. Below is a summary of some of the amendments which are most likely to impact property owners, vendors and purchasers. If a sale of land contract is made on or after 1 January 2024, the contract must not require the…

Update: Changes to Victorian Planning Scheme to Extend COVID-19 Exemptions for Outdoor Areas

Update: Changes to Victorian Planning Scheme to Extend COVID-19 Exemptions for Outdoor Areas

The Victorian Government has announced an extension to COVID-19 exemptions under the planning scheme that relate to use of outdoor areas across Victoria. These were due to expire on 12 October 2023 but have been extended for a further 12 month period. In October 2020, the Victorian Government amended the planning scheme to facilitate hospitality…

Update: Changes to Gambling Regulation Act 2003

Update: Changes to Gambling Regulation Act 2003

The Victorian Government has this week introduced the Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2023, which proposes to make changes to the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (the Act). This is the first of the proposed reforms to the gambling industry to reach legislation stage. The bill still needs to be debated and passed in both house of…

Update: Changes to Liquor Licence Application and Renewal Fees; Changes to Applications for Late Night Liquor Licences in Inner Melbourne Municipalities; Gambling reforms to be introduced by the Victorian Government

Update: Changes to Liquor Licence Application and Renewal Fees; Changes to Applications for Late Night Liquor Licences in Inner Melbourne Municipalities; Gambling reforms to be introduced by the Victorian Government

The Victorian Government has recently announced changes in respect of liquor licensing and gaming in Victoria as follows: Statewide changes to liquor licence application and renewal fees The Liquor Control Reform Regulations 2023 have now commenced operation. The new regulations introduce amended liquor licence renewal fees which will apply for the 2024 calendar year with…

Update: Extension of temporary outdoor licensing scheme to 30 June 2023 temporary limited liquor licence from Liquor Control Victoria

Update: Extension of temporary outdoor licensing scheme to 30 June 2023 temporary limited liquor licence from Liquor Control Victoria

Liquor Control Victoria (the Commission) has previously granted a number of temporary limited licences to venues in response to COVID-19 which allowed licensees to temporarily extend their red line area. The Commission had previously announced that all privately-owned outdoor area temporary limited licences are set to expire on 15 December 2022. The Commission have now…

Update: Licensed premises may now be able to rely on existing use rights to avoid the need to obtain planning permission to extend or modify trading hours

Update: Licensed premises may now be able to rely on existing use rights to avoid the need to obtain planning permission to extend or modify trading hours

The recent decision of Kevak Hotels Pty Ltd v Darebin CC [2022] VCAT 318 (the ‘Kevak Hotels case’) has significantly evolved case law regarding licensed premises and existing use rights.

Update: COVID-19 Restrictions Removed; COVID-19 Land Tax Relief; Liquor Licence Renewal Fees COVID-19 Restrictions Removed; COVID-19 Land Tax Relief; Liquor Licence Renewal Fees

Update: COVID-19 Restrictions Removed; COVID-19 Land Tax Relief; Liquor Licence Renewal Fees COVID-19 Restrictions Removed; COVID-19 Land Tax Relief; Liquor Licence Renewal Fees

The Victorian Government yesterday announced changes to restrictions in response to COVID-19. A press statement is attached.

Update: Changes to Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 from 15 March 2022

Update: Changes to Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 from 15 March 2022

The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (the Commission) recently announced that from 15 March 2022 a second wave of changes to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (LCRA) will come into effect in accordance with the recently passed Liquor Control Reform Amendment Act 2021 (the Amendment).