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Community access and public consultation

L&GNSW has a dedicated Community Access team who are committed to improving understanding and access to local liquor and gaming licensing processes and decisions for NSW communities.

What we do

The Community Access team works with community groups and individuals to help raise awareness of the ability to participate in liquor and gaming regulation. We work to help community understand how to make a contribution to the liquor and gaming licence application process, and provide resources and support to help  have a say and stay informed on licensing decisions and make a contribution to policy reviews.

The team provides information on a range of topics:

  • How you can have your say
  • How to find liquor licence applications and decisions in your area
  • How feedback contributes to a liquor or gaming licence decision
  • What you can do if your local licensed venue wants to add more gaming machines to their gaming room
  • Who to talk to about concerns with your local licensed venue – including noise disturbances
  • Access information, resources, and tools on liquor and gaming programs.

Social impact and community wellbeing are important considerations in all gaming applications and decisions. There are a number of ways community members can have a say on local gaming applications:

Gaming applications: the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) process

An LIA may be required when a hotel or registered club applies to increase its gaming machine threshold to operate more gaming machines, or where a hotel or club changes location.

The LIA scheme assesses the social impact of introducing additional gaming machines into a Statistcal Area Level 2 (SA2).

There are two different types of LIA – Class 1 and Class 2.

  • Class 1 LIA: Applicants must consult with the local council, local police and nominated social service organisations, place an advertisement in local newspapers and display a notice on the premises the application relates to.
  • Class 2 LIA: Applications are more complex and applicants are required to undertake more consultation to allow the community to have its say.

You have an opportunity to comment on a gaming application by making a submission within 60 days of receiving a notice for Class 1 LIAs, and 90 days for Class 2 LIAs.

You can submit your feedback on the LIA public register on our website. The LIA public register contains information about pending LIAs and LIA decisions.

Visit the LIA Public Register

Social impact and community wellbeing are important considerations in all liquor applications and decisions. There are a number of ways community members can have a say on local liquor applications:

Liquor licence applications: the Community Impact Statement (CIS) process

Most applications for a new liquor licence or special conditions require the applicant to complete a CIS before they lodge an application.

A CIS is a written summary that describes the potential impact that a liquor licence may have on a neighbourhood and the measures put in place to manage these risks.

Category A CIS: requires the licence applicant to get feedback from their local council and local police.

Category B CIS: is used for more complex applications. It requires the applicant to consult with local council, local police, local health district, Department of Family and Community Services, Roads and Maritime Services, the local Aboriginal community, special interest groups in the area, and anyone located within 100 metres of the proposed premises.

Finding out about liquor licence applications

Applicants are required to notify occupiers of neighbouring premises no later than two working days after the application is made. The applicant will display a notice on site to tell you about the application, and invite you to comment. The notice will remain on site until a decision has been made. Any individual or organisation is welcome to comment on these applications.

You can also find licence applications on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard.

Community feedback plays an important role in forming liquor and gaming policy and legislation.

Anyone can provide feedback through our website or the NSW Government Have your Say website and contributing to any open consultation.

Community stakeholders directly impacted by a specific consultation are invited by L&GNSW to provide feedback.

All consultations include a discussion paper that has questions to help you provide feedback.