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When will your venue need a RAMP?

A risk-assessed management plan (RAMP) is a document that describes a liquor licensee's management practices and procedures at their licensed premises. The purpose of a RAMP is to outline a licensee's management practices and policies in order to minimise harm caused by alcohol abuse and misuse at their premises.

A RAMP must specifically deal with the principal activity that will be conducted on the premises, the maximum hours of operation, details of the responsible service of alcohol, participation in the local liquor accord (if applicable), security, the provision of food, staff training and minimising the impact of amplified/outdoor entertainment on the surrounding locality.

While not all premises will currently have a RAMP, all licensees are required to provide a RAMP when applying for: a new liquor licence; approval for extended trading hours; a permanent variation of their licence; a permanent change in licensed area for the premises; transfer of an existing liquor licence; restricted liquor permits; and car park approval.

A RAMP must be unique to each premises and each licensee's operations. Accordingly, when transferring an existing liquor licence, for example as part of the purchase of a licensed business, a new RAMP must be provided by the proposed licensee.

Once lodged with an application, the RAMP must be approved by the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming. Following approval, any changes to a RAMP must be lodged with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and approved prior to taking effect. Failure to advise the OLGR of any changes to a RAMP can result in penalties.

Does your premises have a RAMP? Is your RAMP up to date? If not, we can assist you in preparing a new RAMP for your venue or amending your current RAMP to meet OLGR requirements.

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