Health Promotion's Reducing Access to Alcohol project aims to reduce the harm related to access to alcohol.

Legislation and regulation of licensed premises is often intended to reduce harm related to alcohol, and Health Promotion has an important role in ensuring these controls are applied and implemented appropriately. 

A range of processes are required before retailers and venues can obtain or change a liquor licence. 

This is where Health Promotion can step in and provide evidence-based recommendations objecting to problematic liquor licence applications that are likely to generate harm (see Our Submissions & Partner Submissions below). 


​Our Submissions

Check out our latest submissions related to liquor licensing and other planning documents:

Location ​Submissions
​Neutral Baypdf iconNSLHD Submission: Against the Grind Notice of Intention (NOI) to apply for a Packaged Liquor Licence 
​Crows Nestpdf iconNSLHD Submission: G.O.G Market Notice of Intention (NOI) to apply for a Packaged Liquor Licence
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NSLHD Submission: Draft Liquor Amendment – 24 Hour Economy Bill

​Eastwoodpdf iconNSLHD Submission: Moko – Heather’s Kitchen’s application for an extended trading authorisation
​Dee Whypdf iconNSLHD Submission: Harry’s Liquor Notice of Intention to apply for a packaged liquor licence with an extended trading authorisation
​Balgowlahpdf iconNSLHD Submission: BWS Balgowlah - Packaged Liquor Licence application
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NSLHD Submission: Enhanced Regulatory Measures for Same Day Delivery Discussion Paper

RESULT: Draft Liquor Amendment proposes to -

  • prohibit same day deliveries from being left unattended
  • require age verification at the point of purchase and delivery
  • introduce an offence for any person that makes a same day delivery to an intoxicated person
  • require anyone responsible for making same day deliveries to complete responsible delivery of alcohol training 
​Chatswood & North Rydepdf iconNSLHD Submission: Chatswood and Macquarie Myer: Notice of Intention to apply for separate Packaged Liquor Licences
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NSLHD Submission: Chatswood Monkey Bar - Notice of Intention to apply for an Extended Trading Authorisation

NSLHD Submission: Chatswood Monkey Bar - Application to Extend Trading Hours

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NSLHD Submission: Notice of Intention to Extend Trading Hours - 75 Rowe St

NSLHD Submission: Moko Heather's Kitchen - Application for extended trading authorisation

RESULT: Application Refused - Read the ILGA Report

​St. Leonardspdf iconNSLHD Submission: Chambers Cellars St. Leonards - Notice of Intention to apply for a packaged liquor licence
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NSLHD Submission: West Ryde Hotel: Application for variation on existing extended trading hours

NSLHD Submission: West Ryde Hotel - Notice of intention to extend trading hours 

RESULT: Reduction in proposed trading hours, area covered reduced - Read the ILGA Report

​Manlypdf iconNSLHD Submission: L'Maestro, The liquor Master Manly - Notice of Intention to apply for a packaged liquor licence 
RESULT: Did not proceed to formal application
​Chatswood pdf icon

NSLHD Submission: Development Application​-Bridgeview Hotel (DA 2018/400)

RESULT: Application Withdrawn - Read the council notice

​Meadowbank pdf icon

​NSLHD Submission: Family Mart, Meadowbank - Notice of intention to apply for a packaged liquor licence

RESULT: Condition on licence - Prohibit discounted alcoholic products, No refrigerated products - Read the ILGA Report

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NSLHD Submission: Liquor Licence Application - Shop 9, 2-14 Pittwater rd

RESULT: Condition on licence - limit sales to boutique products & restrict discounts - Read the ILGA Report


Partner Submissions

Health Promotion may also contribute to alcohol related submissions by a number of partner organisations. Check out submissions we have recently contibuted to:

Partner Organisations​Submissions
​Australian Health Promotion Associationpdf icon

AHPA Submission: Submission to Proposal P1050 - Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages

RESULT: Pregnancy warning labels mandated - Read more at Australian & New Zealand Food Regulation

​Australian Health Promotion Associationpdf icon

AHPA Submission: Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night Time Economy

RESULT: Lockout laws maintained in King's Cross, conditions remain in precinct. - Read more at NSW Parliament



Reviewing Liquor Licences

DensityWhen reviewing liquor licences applications Health Promotion considers the following:


The density of liquor outlets in the surrounding area is important as higher densities are associated with increased alcohol related assaults, domestic violence, poorer health outcomes, aggressive price discounting, increased exposure to alcohol by minors, and other harms.


Liquor outlets close to child and youth facilities (e.g. schools, youth centres, early childhood centres), mental health facilities, and vulnerable communities can lead to increased exposure and the secondary supply of alcohol.


Within areas with an already high number of alcohol related assaults and hospitalisations, increasing access to alcohol, along with requests for extended trading hours is associated with further violence and anti-social behaviour.

Licence Category

It’s important to ensure the category of licence being applied for is appropriate for the proposed business and potential clientele.

Accessing liquor 

Liquor Licence Processes

A range of processes are required before retailers and venues can obtain or change a liquor licence. These may include Council Development Consents, Notice of Intentions, Community Impact Statements and Application Lodgement with ILGA (Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority).

 Development Consent

Development consent from Council may be required for a new liquor licence, or for any changes to a liquor licence, including licence-related authorisations.

Submissions can be made to the Council by the local community, neighbouring businesses and local authorities during exhibition.

Examples of our development consent application submissions:

Dan Murphys, Mosman

 Notice of Intention

For most licence types, notification of an application must be provided to the occupier of neighbouring premises, and to the local Police and Council.  Submissions are made directly to the applicant.

Examples of our notice of intention submissions:

Miracle Liquor, Chatswood

Shop 9, 2-14 Pittwater Rd, Manly
Moko Hotel, Eastwood

 Community Impact Statement

For certain licence types, a Community Impact Statement (CIS) requires the applicant to consult with the local community to gauge the level of community support for the proposal and to specifically address any issues that arise from this consultation process.

 ​Application Lodgement with L&GNSW

All liquor licence applications are lodged with the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.

Interested parties can make submissions on applications listed on Liquor and Gaming’s online noticeboard.

More information at
Liquor and Gaming NSW Noticeboard.

Examples of our liquor licence application submissions:

Aldi, Mosman
Cellarbrations, Freshwater
DC Mart, Hornsby

 Policy & Planning Reviews

​Policy and planning documents associated with alcohol regulation & control undergo reviews and updates. The review periods provide the community with an opportunity to make submissions for improvement.

Examples of our policy & planning review submissions:

Regulatory Impact Statement & Proposed Liquor Regulation 2018
National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 Consultation
Liquor Promotion Guideline Review
Evaluation of the Community Impact Statement Requirement

​Further Information:

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) has developed a tool kit to guide the community take action in tackling the availability of alcohol.

More information: Tackling the Availability of Alcohol (ADF)