Liquor licensing - Role of the Chief Health Officer

Since 1998, the Chief Health Officer has had the ability to intervene in matters before the Licensing Authority to make representations regarding harm or ill-health caused to people, or any group of people, due to the use of liquor, and the minimisation of that harm or ill-health (Section 69(8a)(b), Liquor Control Act 1988).

If they choose to, the Licensing Authority also has the ability to require a report from the Chief Health Officer on matters relating to a particular application (Section 69(8a)(a)).

Does the Chief Health Officer have any decision making power in the liquor licensing process?

The Chief Health Officer is not a decision maker in the liquor licensing process. The Licensing Authority makes the decisions about whether or not a licence application is granted.