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Christmas Eve trading - On-premises

  • On Christmas Eve, all gaming machine operations must cease at 12 midnight and may not recommence before 10am on Boxing Day. Liquor trading must also cease at 12 midnight, regardless of whether you have approved extended trading hours that allows for later trading. The sale and supply of alcohol must cease at 12 midnight but patrons have a grace period to finish their drinks and leave the premises by 12.30am. Licensees of commercial other (subsidiary on-premises) licences with the principal activity of entertainment (previously on-premises (cabaret) licences) are no longer permitted to trade until 3am Christmas morning.

Christmas Day trading - On-premises

  • On Christmas Day, no gaming is permitted on licensed premises. You will be able to sell or supply alcohol to patrons from 10am but only in association with a meal prepared on the premises and eaten in an area of the premises ordinarily set aside for dining. A meal is defined as food eaten by a person at a fixed structure used as a table, with cutlery provided for the purpose of eating the food, and is of a sufficient substance to be ordinarily accepted as a meal. Alcohol may be supplied for one hour before dining, while the meal is being eaten and for one hour after finishing the meal.

Takeaway liquor

  • Takeaway liquor can only be purchased up to 12 midnight on Christmas  Eve.
  • No takeaway liquor can be sold on Christmas Day.

Adult entertainment venues

  • Adult entertainment is prohibited from 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and throughout Christmas Day.

Hotel accommodation guests

  • On Christmas Day alcohol can be provided to in-house accommodation guests in their room or units only. Otherwise on Christmas Day, licensees with hotel accommodation may only serve alcohol to patrons eating a meal in the dining area of the premises between 10am and 12 midnight. This means that liquor may be served to patrons for one hour before dining, during the course of a meal and for one hour after completion of the meal.

Boxing Day trading

  • On Boxing Day, usual liquor trading hours and conditions resume. No gaming is allowed between 12 midnight Christmas Day and 10am on Boxing Day when usual trading hours resume.

New Year's Eve trading

  • On New Year’s Eve, all licensees are permitted to trade liquor until 2am on New Year’s Day and gaming until 2:30am. This applies regardless of your regular approved trading hours.  This means that the bar must finish serving at 2am, unless the premises is currently approved to trade beyond 2am.  If this is not the case, patrons must finish drinks and leave the premises by 2.30am. Licensees who are not currently approved to trade past 2am and wish to trade after 2am must apply for a ‘one-off’’ extended hours permit for New Year.