Tony Schwartz

Tony has over 38 years experience providing accurate, cost effective advice and solutions to those in the hospitality industry.


Tony Schwartz - liquor licensing specialist

Tony’s clients range from small restaurants and café operators through to multi-venue sites or large scale developers.

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He represents the interests of the Woolworths Group Limited in their 413 licensed premises throughout NSW. The majority of Tony’s work is carried out in NSW, however he also regularly provides advice and works within other licensing jurisdictions with or without agents, such as in Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

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Further Details

  • Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney graduating in 1979.
  • Author of the liquor licensing publication McDonald’s Licensing Laws of NSW.  Expand/Read more
  • Experienced lecturer. Expand/Read more
  • Expert witness in proceedings involving liquor licensing practice and procedure.
  • Retained solicitor and adviser for Woolworths Limited since 1996 in respect of their licensing work in NSW.


  • All facets of liquor licensing practice and procedure representing applicants or submitters opposing an application.
  • The preparation of Community Impact Statements, Social Impact Assessments,  Public Interest Assessments or Local Impact Assessments.  Expand/Read more
  • The review of licensing decisions by the IL&GA before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
  • Investigations, complaints and prosecutions instigated by the Police (including the ALEC), the Secretary of the Department of Justice or the Authority.
  • Operational issues including compliance and regulatory matters, lease disputes, poker machine entitlement issues, contested extension of trading hours, outdoor smoking areas and disputes involving restrictive conditions imposed by Councils or local consent authorities.
  • Acquisition and disposal of assets.  Tony provides expert advice on commercial transactions when selling or acquiring a liquor licence; undertaking due diligence reports; and the drafting of special conditions for contracts for sale or security documents, such as charges or leases.
  • Gaming advice (sales, acquisitions or operational matters relating to gaming machine entitlements or poker machine permits, including the preparation of a Local Impact Assessment).
  • Licence related authorisations including extended trading authorisations, primary service authorisations, minors area authorisations, sale on other premises authorisations and the like endorsements.


Tony has been involved in large scale licensing projects right through to the licensing of small cafés.  Tony acts for and has played a significant part in the successful expansion of the chains BWS – Beer Wine Spirits and Dan Murphy’s in NSW, with those licensed stores now standing strong in NSW at 413.  No job is too big or small!  Expand/Read more