Liquor Commission

Liquor Commission hearings

Section 21 of the Liquor Act 2019 provides that a hearing may be conducted by the Liquor Commission on any matter that it may make a decision on under the Act.

A hearing conducted by the commission must be in public, unless the commission is of the view that it is not appropriate, such as where commercial‑in‑confidence information requires protection or undue hardship may be caused to a person.

Hearings are open to the public, unless the commission directs otherwise, to ensure that:

  • the commission’s procedures and processes are subject to scrutiny
  • people involved in the matter can expand on any written submissions or objections they have made, and discuss issues with the commission in a public forum
  • the commission can explain its thinking and receive valuable feedback.

Audio and / or video recording of proceedings by the public (including media) is not allowed.

Public notice – COVID-19 measures

In response to the relaxation of COVID-19 measures, the Liquor Commission has determined to resume the conduct of public hearings unless it determines that conducting a public hearing is not appropriate, as provided for under section 21(2) of the Liquor Act 2019.

To reduce the number of possible people in waiting areas, persons are encouraged to telephone 08 8999 1800 and provide their name and a contact number to be called immediately ahead of required attendance.

With sufficient notice, the commission can arrange for appearance by audio visual link, telephone or attendance in person provided that room capacity is not exceeded. To make arrangements email

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Last updated: 29 December 2020

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