Agency VA 1110
Liquor Control Commission
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Date Range: 1968 - 1988
 
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Establishment

The Liquor Control Act 1968 (No.7695) came into operation on 1 July 1968 on which date the Liquor Control Commission was constituted. This Act incorporated a number of recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Sale, Supply, Disposal or Consumption of Liquor in Victoria which commenced in 1963. It marked the end of the system of Licensing Magistrates and Licensing Courts which had operated for over 100 years. The Commission took over the functions previously exercised by the Victorian Licensing Court (VA 2905) and the Licences Reduction Board (VA 2906).

Functions

The object of the Act was to ensure the orderly and continuous improvement in, and the development of, facilities for the supply of accommodation, meals and liquor to the public. The Commission was responsible for establishing standards in these areas and ensuring that they were met. It also had the authority to issue or cancel licences. In addition the Act established a new provision whereby the Commission could suspend a licence for a period of time.

Numerous alterations were made in the licensing law and practice of the State, the 1968 Act completely re-writing the law. All fees taken under the Act and all fines, penalties, forfeitures, and moneys incurred or accruing under it were paid into the Licensing Fund set up under the Licensing Act 1958 (No.6293).

The power to increase or decrease the number of licenses issued in certain areas was also afforded to the Commission. Determinations in this respect were usually made on the basis of recommendations from local councils. A completely new code of compensation was set out under the new Act with payments made from the Licensing Fund.

The system of Licensing Inspectors continued, the duties of inspecting premises and enforcing the provisions of the Act being undertaken by nominated members of the police force not below the rank of sub-inspector.

Constitution of the Commission

The Licensing Court (VA 2905) of three members was replaced by the Liquor Control Commission of four members, the chairman being a County Court Judge with a tenure of 7 years. This practice was discontinued in 1976 as a result of the Liquor Control (Chairman) Act 1975 (No.8761) enacted on 18 November 1975 and proclaimed on 4 December 1975. The change meant that the chairman could be a "judicial member" and could retain office until the age of 72 years.

Ministerial Responsibility

Ministerial responsibility for liquor licensing altered frequently in the period from 1979 to 1985. The Liquor Control Commission was responsible to:

( the Minister for Labour and Industry (VRG 42) between 1979-1982;
( the Minister for Tourism (VRG 89) for a brief period in 1982;
( the Minister for Economic Development (VRG 71) between 1982 and 1983;
( the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Technology (VRG 77) between 1983 and 1985;
( the Minister for Industry, Technology and Resources (VRG 82) from 1985.

Cessation of the Commission

From 1968 to 1988 when the Commission was replaced by the Liquor Licensing Commission (VA 2869) several new types of licences were introduced but the system of registration of licensing remained basically the same. In October 1984 Dr J.P. Nieuwenhuysen undertook a comprehensive review which concluded that licensing practice in Victoria was restrictive and outdated and did not meet the demands imposed by recent social changes. The Government reacted by legislating to effect certain changes to licensing operations and the Liquor Licensing Commission commenced operation on 3 May 1988 under the provisions of the Liquor Control Act 1987.

Location of Records

A significant collection of records of the Commission and its predecessors is held at the Public Record Office, including long runs of Licensing Registers. For the records of Licensing Courts, see VRG 4 Courts and the geographical groupings of courts in the List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 2.8.0-2.256.0

 
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? 1873 - 1969 Licence Registers of Applications and Other Proceedings - Wangaratta VPRS 8570 North Melbourne Open
? 1955 - ? 1977 Newspaper Clippings Relating to the Liquor Industry VPRS 7733 North Melbourne Open
? 1958 - ? 1969 Licence Registers of Annual Hearings - Wangaratta VPRS 8568 North Melbourne Open
? 1959 - ? 1969 Licence Registers of Temporary/Booth Licences - Wangaratta VPRS 8569 North Melbourne Open
? 1960 - ? 1978 Licence Registers of Temporary/Booth Licences - Shepparton VPRS 8439 North Melbourne Open
? 1968 - 1988 License Case Files (Sample only retained) VPRS 7712 North Melbourne Open
? 1968 - 1988 Index Cards to VPRS 7712, Licence Case Files VPRS 17298 North Melbourne Open
? 1976 - cont Master List of Licensed Premises VPRS 7710 North Melbourne Open
? 1977 - ? 1986 Index to Particular Occasion Permits by Date Operable VPRS 8146 North Melbourne Open
? 1983 - 1988 Departmental Correspondence Files Relating to Liquor Control (Annual Single Number) VPRS 7703 North Melbourne Open
? 1983 - 1988 Departmental Correspondence Files Relating to Liquor Control (Multiple Number) VPRS 7711 North Melbourne Open
1879 - 1989 Register of Licence Applications, Warragul VPRS 11058 North Melbourne Open
1885 - 1989 Register of Licence Applications, Sale VPRS 670 North Melbourne Open
1907 - Circa 1977 Index to Defunct Hotel Licences VPRS 8159 North Melbourne Open
1919 - 1988 Index Cards to Liquor Licences VPRS 17084 North Melbourne Open
1927 - ? 1974 Register of Licence Fees Paid VPRS 8160 North Melbourne Open
1966 - ? 1970 Card Index of Approved Public Hall Occupiers VPRS 8145 North Melbourne Open
1968 - ? 1986 Office Copies of Licences (Sample only Retained) VPRS 8143 North Melbourne Open
1968 - 1970 Index to Particular Occasion Permits for Unlicensed Clubs VPRS 8144 North Melbourne Open
1968 - 1988 Office Copies of Permits (Sample only Retained) VPRS 7734 North Melbourne Open
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1968 - 1988 Liquor licensing VF 94
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1968 - 1979 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1979 - 1982 Labour and Industry VRG 42
1982 - 1982 Tourism II VRG 89
1982 - 1983 Economic Development VRG 71
1983 - 1985 Industry, Commerce and Technology VRG 77
1985 - 1988 Industry, Technology and Resources VRG 82