RMLV: Trading Over Christmas

Responsible Management of Licensed VenuesLicensees and approved managers need to be aware of the restrictions on trade during Christmas.

Christmas Eve trading


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 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 rooms 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 12midnight. 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