In determining each application, the licensing authority must consider a number of key public interest factors.
To satisfy the public interest test, the licensing authority may take into account:
- The harm or ill-health that might be caused to people, or any group of people, due to the use of liquor.
the amenity, quiet or good order of the locality in which the licensed
premises or proposed licensed premises are, or are to be, situated might
in some manner be lessened.
- Whether offence, annoyance,
disturbance or inconvenience might be caused to people who reside or
work in the vicinity of the licensed premises or proposed licensed
- Any effect the granting of the application might have in relation to tourism, or community or cultural matters.
- Any other matter stipulated in the Liquor Control Regulations 1988.
factor will have differing levels of relevance depending on the
location of where the licensed premises will operate and to the type of
licensed venue that the application relates. As a result, the licensing
authority has wide discretion to determine what supportive documents and
information may be used in satisfying the public interest test.
each community is different and has individual characteristics,
flexibility exists within the test in order to consider the impact that
each individual application will have on the relevant, surrounding
To satisfy the public interest test, an applicant will
need to consider and find solutions to any negative impact that may be
suffered by sections of their community through the operation of their
In this regard it is important to note that
because each community is different, aspects of the public interest as
outlined in the Director of Liquor Licensing's Policy – Public Interest
Assessment may not be applicable to individual applications.
form is available to assist applicants in the preparation of a PIA
submission which sets out the criteria contained in the Director of
Liquor Licensing’s Policy – Public Interest Assessment in a
Different types of licence have varying levels of impact
premises such as hotels, nightclubs and liquor stores, generally have a
greater impact on their surrounding communities than some of the other
types of venues.
Therefore, the expectation is that applicants
for these types of licences will be required to supply supporting
information that covers a wider and more detailed scope of public
interest issues than an application for a restaurant, producer or some
of the special facility sub-categories.