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    Something I have always wondered.

    Pubs in Australia. By law, are they owned by the person who owns the licence (licencee, I think) or are they owned by the brewery or a brewery?

    Or is it none of the above?

    Just curious.

    Lucy Kippist
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    Great question! I would like to add to it – do we have any members currently impacted by the change in restrictions in NSW pubs? Would love to hear from you about how you’re coping… lucy@pinstripemedia.com.au

    Paul – FS Concierge
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    There is no Australian law covering pub ownership.

    In it’s place we have 8 States and Territories, each with their own laws.

    Woolworths has a 75% stake in ALH making it a big pub owner.

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    In my experience there are 3 parties
    1. The property / building owner
    2. The business owner
    3. the licencee – someone designated as repsonsible – different in different states but often an individual
    All 3 can be the same person / company etc. – or 3 different ones
    With country pubs / regional pubs often there is a property owner of the buildign and some infrastructure (kitchen, beer taps etc..) who rents the pub to a business owner who ibtains the licence and runs the business.
    Hope that helps :)

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