“Licensed premises” refers to a location (e.g. a pub, restaurant, club, hotel, function space) where alcohol or gaming services have been licensed by the government to be provided and sold. There are several different kinds of licenses – some of which are Hotel, Club, and ‘on-premises’ which refers to a location where their primary purpose is not to serve alcohol, such as a restaurant. This license will generally allow the consumption of the services on-site only, and it is subject to several rules and regulations which aim to keep the consumers safe.

Gaming primarily refers to gambling services such as amusement machines (pokies), and gambling games such as poker or blackjack. Gambling is highly regulated in Australia due to it’s addictive nature and associated issues.

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Sound work health and safety practices are particularly pertinent to licensed premises and establishments providing gaming due to the sometimes dangerous affect of the services on both patrons and staff. Both gambling and alcohol can be addictive and can create environments of violence and danger when improperly handled – for instance, if the premises continue serving alcohol to an already intoxicated customer. An expert might be called upon to research or conduct:

• Investigation of improper licensing or breach of licensing conditions

• Incidents occurring at licenced locations e.g. violence, addiction concerns, or ‘glassing’

• Evaluation of responsible service of alcohol and gaming services

• Investigation into improper handling of people under the influence of alcohol at licenced premises

• Safe delivery of ‘pokies’ and associated risks surrounding them

Risk posed to staff members who work at licensed premises

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.


The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
Relevant Articles Liquor Licensing

An overall look at licensing in Australia. It describes types of licenses, what it means for there to be a liquor licensing freeze, and discussion of community impact statements which are provided when applying for a license.

Relevant Cases Ainsworth v Criminal Justice Commission [1992] HCA 10; (1992) 175 CLR 564 (9 April 1992)

A case which investigated who should be allowed to gamble on machines and some of the risks associated with it.

Gnych v Polish Club Limited [2015] HCA 23 (17 June 2015)

A dispute over how a liquor license applies when a licensed premise subleases part of it’s space to a non-licensed party.

Guy v Crown Melbourne Limited (No 2) [2018] FCA 36 (2 February 2018)

A case on the topic of whether a certain brand of pokies inappropriately suggested a higher chance of winning than was truthful

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A sample of our experts in Work health safety - Licensed premises and gaming

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