Annual Liquor Licence fees are due by 31 July
This month, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will send out annual fee self-assessment notices to all licensees.
Licensees are reminded how important it is to pay your annual licence fee for the 2022/23 financial year by the due date of 31 July 2022.
If the fee is not paid on or before the due date, the liquor (and gaming licence if applicable) will be automatically suspended for 28 days or until paid, and no liquor or gaming trading will be permitted.
If the fee remains unpaid for 28 days after the date of suspension, the liquor and gaming licences will be automatically cancelled. This will result in the operating authorities associated with the gaming machine licence automatically becoming operating authorities or entitlements of the State of Queensland.
The easiest way to pay your licence fees is through the OLGR client portal. To use the client portal you must register using your access key, which is the 8-letter key provided in your annual licence fee summary. OLGR does not accept credit card details by email or fax.
Payment of annual liquor licence fees by instalments
The Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming has no discretion to waive annual licence fees. However, the Commissioner may accept a payment of the fee by instalments if the Commissioner is satisfied a licensee is unable to pay in full by the due date because:
(a) the business conducted under authority of the licence has been adversely affected by a natural disaster such as floods, cyclones or fires
(b) the licensee has suffered a personal or financial hardship.
- The Commissioner will assess each application on a case-by-case basis, having regard to the individual circumstances of the licensee.
- Payment by instalments is only available for an annual assessed fee of more than $1,000.
- 'Natural disaster' describes acts of nature or events that the licensee has no control over, such as floods, cyclones and fires and that have a direct effect on the licensed premises.
- 'Personal hardship' includes significant personal effects such as injuries, illness or loss of close family members.
- Financial hardship can only be attributed to issues of a temporary nature that are beyond the licensee's control such as major economic downturn in a region. It does not include effects from normal market issues, or fluctuations in demand that have resulted in decreased revenues at the licensed premises.
- If a payment plan is approved by the Commissioner, the licence fee is to be paid in 4 quarterly instalments.
- Annual fee payments by instalments will only be accepted via direct debit and a completed direct debit request form must be lodged with OLGR.
You must submit an application for an instalment plan to OLGR.