Community sporting clubs and groups will pay more to run licenced events and premises, with budget papers revealing the Andrews Labor Government plans a 25 per cent hike in liquor licence revenue over the next four years.

At Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) last night, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz confirmed that there was an increase in revenue from liquor licence fees under the Andrews Government.

Despite the Minister’s efforts to obfuscate, budget revenue measures show that revenue from liquor licence fees will increase from $24 million this year to $30 million by 2022-23 (BP5 p. 21) with no indication that the number of liquor licenses will increase to explain the increase in revenue.

Grassroots sporting clubs, community groups, cellar doors and events as well as restaurants, pubs and clubs will pay higher liquor licence fees as a result of this revenue grab.

Local football netball clubs that rely on their bar to raise revenue to run their club can expect to pay a base fee of almost $600 a year while a licence to run a major event could cost more than $1200. 

Daniel Andrews is taking money out of the pockets of hardworking families and community groups to pay for his economic mismanagement.