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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 for 2019/2020 financial year

The direction from the Commissioner of Police for all hotels and clubs to close from midday on 23rd March 2020 to assist with slowing down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in venues not operating for the full 2019-20 financial year, giving rise to the need for a refund of gaming tax in several cases.
The Treasurer has directed the full value of the 2019-20 annual adjustment be paid to licence holders, with deferred liabilities (including March 2020 Gaming Tax) to be paid in October 2020.  Accordingly, gaming tax payable for March, June, July, August and September will all be collected in October.
Unless contacted by CBS, no action is required. Refunds will be paid to the licensee via the nominated bank account currently used by CBS for gaming tax purposes by mid-September 2020.
Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Gambling Team directly on 131 882 or at CBSGamblingServices [at] sa.gov.au.