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Celebrate responsibly this Schoolies season

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Schoolies season is about to kick-off in Victoria. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation reminds both licensees and school leavers to know their responsibilities so everyone can enjoy schoolies safely.

Commencing Saturday 26 November, high target areas such as Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island and Torquay will see an arrival of school leavers to celebrate the end of school and start of summer.

Licensees are reminded to practice responsible service of alcohol and ensure staff do not serve liquor to underage patrons this schoolies season. Whenever in doubt of a patron being under 18 years of age, staff should ask for proof of age. Measures such as multiple ID checking points can prevent breaches and penalties for licensees as well as safety of patrons.

In addition to underage patrons on licensed premises, make sure you and your staff are prepared for schoolies season by:

  • Reviewing the VCGLR guide to serving intoxicated patrons to ensure staff are able to identify signs of intoxication and know when to stop service to patrons.
  • Keep your staff up-to-date with their Responsible Service of Alcohol training. Free refresher training is available on the VCGLR website.
  • Contact your local Victoria Police station to let them know about any special events you may be holding in advance.
  • Provide food and entertainment to help take attention away from excessive drinking and prevent intoxication.
  • Provide and promote free water to prevent intoxication. Free water posters are available for download from our website for display in your venue.
  • Make sure you have enough crowd controllers on duty to manage crowds and meet the conditions of your licence.

It is also important for school leavers to understand their responsibilities throughout schoolies celebrations. Penalties for underage patrons can apply if they:

  • purchase or receive liquor from another person
  • possess or consume liquor in a licensed premises
  • supply liquor to anyone under the age of 18 years
  • falsely represent themselves to be of or over 18 years of age.

A full list of Penalties and fees for patrons and licensees, licensee obligations and information on Responsible Service of Alcohol is available on our website.  

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