The legal drinking age in Victoria is 18 years of age, and it's generally an offence for any person to supply alcohol to a minor. This page contains information on under-18 on licensed premises.
In many instances, it's also an offence for a minor to be on licensed premises or to purchase, receive or consume alcohol.
A person under 18 years of age is not permitted on the licensed premises unless there is a condition listed on the licence approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), or the minor is:
Note: A restaurant and cafe licence an on premises licence with restaurant conditions permits persons under 18 years to be on the licensed premises during ordinary trading hours, which is until 11pm.
Persons under 18 years are not allowed to drink alcohol on licensed premises, unless they are with a parent or legal guardian AND having a meal.
A responsible adult is defined as a person who is of or over the age of 18 years and is:
A licensee is able to refuse entry to any person as long as the reason is not discriminatory. The licensee also has the right to ask any person to leave their premises. No special laws or forms are required to do this.
Amendments to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, allow liquor licensees and permittees to have minors on that part of their premises or authorised premises when:
Depending on the type of event, liquor licensees or permittees must submit either a notification or an application form to the VCGLR.
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A minor cannot be involved in the supply of alcohol, except if they are part of a training program that has approval from the VCGLR. However, they can assist in the delivery of packaged liquor to a person over 18 years of age, for consumption off the licensed premises.
For example, a junior staff member can carry a slab of beer to a customer's car. A minor cannot sell alcohol through a check-out in a licensed supermarket.
It is an offence for any person to supply liquor to someone under 18 years of age. This is where any other person purchases liquor and illegally supplies to a minor, other than in a residence. Significant fines and penalties apply.
It is an offence under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for a person under 18 years of age to purchase or receive liquor from another person. This is not a recent change.
A liquor licensee must not supply liquor to a minor or sell liquor to a person who they suspect will supply liquor to a minor.
To comply with this obligation, a licensee may decide to implement internal policies, for example, no service to people aged over 18 in school uniform or individuals accompanied by minors. This is a business decision, not a legal requirement.
Fines for service to a minor may exceed $18,000 (up to 120 penalty units) and incur demerit points.
The Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 includes the following offences relating to minors. Significant fines and penalties apply.
Offences relating to licensees:
Offences relating to minors:
A person less than 18 years of age must not:
Offences for any person:
It is an offence for any person to:
Licensees are encouraged to become familiar with the Act as it is the primary piece of legislation about the regulation and supply of liquor in Victoria, and it also provides information about other issues of non-compliance of the Act. This can be found at www.legislation.vic.gov.au
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