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17 August 2020
COVID-19 Information for the hospitality sector

Work is underway across all levels of Government is response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

To ensure the safety of the community, and our staff, face-to-face services at our Customer Service Centre will cease until further notice. You can still reach us by calling 131 882 between 9am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday.

Details of initiatives that may impact on liquor licence holders, as well as initiatives announced by the Government of South Australia to support the sector during this time can be found here. 


  • Liquor licence holders and COVID-19 - Important information about initiatives that may impact and support licensees.

  • Waiving fees - The government will waive annual liquor licensing fees for 2020-21 for a number of liquor licence categories.

  • Updates to short-term liquor licences - The government has agreed to provide free short-term licences to licensees operating a small bar, cafe, restaurant or community club to allow for the sale of takeaway liquor. 

  • Information about applying for, updating or renewing your liquor licence or any other queries continues to be available at www.sa.gov.au/liquor and will be updated regularly.


Gaming tax deferral

Earlier this year the Government announced a six-month deferral of gaming tax payable by hotels and licensed clubs, to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was initially announced that the gaming tax liable for March, July and August 2020 would be payable in October 2020.

The Government, in consultation with key industry bodies, has agreed to a deferral of gaming tax for the period March 2020 to August 2020 (inclusive).

The arrangement outlined below will provide venues the opportunity to manage their cash flow for the remainder of the financial year, as they continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 and the health related restrictions.

What this means for licensees

  • Gaming tax for September is payable in full on 7 October  2020 via direct debit payment (no action required).
  • Gaming tax for March, June (2 days), July and August will be payable in eight (8) equal instalments over 8 months, with the last payment to be made in June 2021.
    • If you have made any manual payments to CBS in relation to the March, June (2 days), July and August 2020 gaming tax liability, these amounts will be deducted from your balance. If you have paid the outstanding tax in full no further action is required.
    • You will be advised of your outstanding balance for the March to August gaming tax by mid-October 2020.
  • From November, in addition to the regular gaming tax payment, you will be debited the first instalment of the deferred gaming tax . For example, on 7 November 2020  CBS will debit October’s gaming tax and the first instalment of the outstanding debt.
  • No interest or fines will be applied on the deferred gaming tax.

For more information, please contact the Gambling Team on 131 882 or at gamblingadministration [at] sa.gov.au.