You may remember back in October 2009 we alerted you to a new
bill being introduced into parliament to amend the Liquor
Licensing Act 1997. The bill contained some exciting
amendments for holders of a Producer's Licence.
This bill has now been passed by the parliament and will come
into operation on 3 May 2010.
If you hold a Producer's licence or are thinking about your
licensing options, these changes could help to save your business
time and money. Now is the time to act.
Wines on offer for Tasting
Liquor other than the licensee's own product can be provided
as a sample in comparative tastings as well as in designated dining
areas. However, you will not be able to sell these wines as retail
sales, as they are simply available for comparative tastings
Two Licensed Premises
Holders of a Producer's Licence may have up to two licensed
premises, one at the licensee's production premises and another
retail outlet, without having to acquire a separate licence.
Collective Cellar Door
Holders of a Producer's Licence may enter into an agreement
with other producers to participate as a collective outlet. This
presents a viable option for groups of producers who cannot afford
to go it alone, and will give them access to increased promotion
and sales opportunities.
No Limited Licence
Holders of a Producer's Licence may sell or supply, by way
of sample, their products at regional festivals and events such as
farmers' markets. Details of these events or markets can be
endorsed on the Producer's licence, removing the need to apply
for a limited licence each time they wish to participate in one of
Own product exemption in hardship In special circumstances
holders of a Producer's Licence can apply for approval to sell
wine that is not their own product and therefore does not comply
with the current requirements. This could provide relief for
producers in instances of crop loss or other critical issues in the
Review of some Special Circumstances Licences
Some producers operate their cellar door with a Special
Circumstances Licence. These licences will be reviewed and may be
converted to Producer's licences if suitable under the new
amendments. Alternatively the Producers will need togain approval
from the Licensing Authority to remain as a Special Circumstances
Licence. I strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss this
These amendments are very exciting for Producers and provide a
great opportunity to benefit your business and reduce red tape. If
you would like to find out more about the changes, or any other
Liquor Licensing or wine law issues, please contact Jarrod
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