Liquor Act 1992 - Queensland


To regulate the liquor industry in a way compatible with minimising harm caused by alcohol abuse and misuse.

To facilitate and regulate the optimum development of the tourist, liquor and hospitality industries in Queensland having regard to the welfare, needs and interests of the community and the economic implications of change.

The Act regulates the wholesale and retail sale and supply of liquor in Queensland and applies to liquor producers and sellers who are required to be licensed under its provisions.

It sets out the conditions and requirements relating to licensing and the obligations on all persons in terms of the supply of alcohol.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Liquor Regulation 1992.

Liquor Act guidelines are available on the Business Queensland website.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Additional information

Prospective applicants for licences should be aware that they need to provide evidence that the application is in the public interest and also may need to go through a public objection process before the licence is approved, if objections to the grant of the licence are received on public amenity.

All applications must be in accordance with relevant town planning and local government bylaws.

Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Authorised officers (including police officers) have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act and to investigate complaints. These include issuing on the spot fines and seizure of liquor from unlicensed premises.

Offences may be dealt with before the Magistrates Court or through Departmental administrative hearing. Such actions may result in heavy fines, suspension or cancellation of a licence, reprimand or issuance of orders on premises.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An appeal against a determination of the Chief Executive may be made to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal by parties to the application, submission or objection.

Enquiries may be made to:

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Licensing Division

Contact details

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Licensing Division

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: 63 George Street
Brisbane City, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 180
City East, Queensland 4002
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Fax: 07 3872 0998