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Minors on licensed premises - underage or mixed-age events

Since 1 July 2014, the process is simpler for liquor licensees or permittees wishing to hold live music events that are open to minors (persons under 18 years of age) in licensed premises.

Depending on the type of event, liquor licensees or permittees must submit either a notification or an application form to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR):

  • mixed-age live music events – notification form
  • underage or youth events (no live music) - application form
  • ‘Fast Track, Low Risk’ underage or youth events (no live music) - application form

More details and the appropriate forms can be found below. The Minors on licensed premises - underage or mixed-age events fact sheet (PDF, 450KB) also contains more information.

Mixed-age live music events*

Liquor licensees and permittees may have minors on that part of their premises or authorised premises when—

(i)   a mixed-age live music event is being held in accordance with notice given to the VCGLR and prescribed conditions and

(ii)  liquor is not supplied, consumed or made available on that part of the premises.

To give notice to the VCGLR, liquor licensees and permittees must:

Liquor licensees and permittees can notify the VCGLR of up to a maximum of three events in total on this form. There is no fee applicable.

* Definition: ‘Live music event’ - an event where sound is manipulated for artistic, cultural or religious purposes and performed to an audience.

Underage or youth events (no live music)**

When holding underage or youth events which do not involve live music, liquor licensees and permittees must submit a Temporary approval of unaccompanied minors on licensed premises application form to the VCGLR to approve the presence of minors on licensed premises at least 45 calendar days before the event.

Liquor licensees and permittees can notify the VCGLR of up to a maximum of three events in total on this form. There is a fee applicable for the conduct of an underage or youth event.

If approval is granted, adults cannot be admitted unless they are members of staff or bona fide*** adult supervisors and wear wristbands identifying themselves as being over 18 years of age.

**Definition: ‘Underage or youth event’ - any event at which minors will be present on licensed premises without being accompanied by a parent, spouse, legal guardian or responsible adult but at which live music will not be conducted.

*** Definition: ‘Bona fide adult supervisor’ / ‘responsible adult’ – a person who is of or over the age of 18 years and who is a “bona fide adult supervisor” or “responsible adult” in relation to

a. the young person’s parent, step-parent, guardian or grandparent; or

b. the young person’s spouse; or

c. a person who is acting in place of a parent and who could reasonably be expected to exercise responsible supervision of the young person.

'Fast track, low risk' underage or youth events (no live music)

‘Fast Track, Low Risk’ events are also events at which minors will be present on licensed premises without being accompanied by a parent, spouse, legal guardian or responsible adult, but at which live music will not be conducted.

The difference between ‘Underage or youth events’ and ‘‘Fast Track, Low Risk’ underage or youth events’ is that ‘Fast Track, Low Risk’ underage or youth events have a lower risk of harm to the community and so they can be approved more quickly.

The VCGLR can determine these applications more quickly – or ‘fast track’ them – because Victoria Police is not asked to comment on these applications. However, Victoria Police may advise the VCGLR that a particular licensed premises, location or event is considered high risk and so not eligible for the ‘Fast Track, Low Risk’ application.

Eligibility for ‘Fast Track, Low Risk’ underage or youth events

To find out if an underage or youth event is eligible for fast-tracking, the applicant must be able to answer ‘yes’ to all questions on the eligibility checklist.

Download the 'Fast track, low risk' application form (PDF, 412KB) to view the eligibility checklist.

The checklist includes the following criteria:

  • VCGLR approval for running underage events in the last 24 months
  • good compliance history
  • time the event finishes
  • whether alcohol is permitted at the event
  • non-admittance of persons over 18 years of age

When holding underage or youth events which do not involve live music, liquor licensees and permittees must submit the 'Fast track, low risk' application form (PDF, 412KB) to the VCGLR to approve the presence of minors at least 20 calendar days before the event.  

If approval is granted, adults cannot be admitted unless they are members of staff or bona fide adult supervisors/responsible adults*** and wear wristbands identifying themselves as being over 18 years of age.

Liquor licensees and permittees can notify the VCGLR of up to a maximum of three events in total on this form.

Further information

If you have any questions about how to notify or apply to the VCGLR, or whether your application is eligible for fast-tracking, please contact the VCGLR on 1300 182 457 or by email at contact@vclgr.vic.gov.au.

You can also view the Minors on licensed premises - underage or mixed-age events fact sheet (PDF, 451KB) or news items relating to these changes:

Please note that licensees and permittees must comply with all related liquor laws and prescribed conditions when conducting these events. Licensees and permittees should ensure adequate supervision of event organisers or promoters to ensure these events occurring at their premises are fully compliant.

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