131 new small bars have opened across Western Australia in the past five years. Reforms to liquor laws were introduced in 2018, which cut red tape and meant the cultural and tourism value of venues could be considered in determining liquor licence applications.
Following a challenging period for the hospitality scene, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has launched industry consultation to investigate further improvements to WA's liquor laws.
A range of potential improvements will be considered, including eliminating unnecessary red tape, a simpler licensing system, and a faster, more cost-effective approvals process.
Stakeholders are encouraged to have their say on the future of WA's liquor laws: access consultation