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Licensees and their staff need to be particularly vigilant when checking identification (ID).
Here are some important points about acceptable forms of ID.
Acceptable evidence of age documents under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 are:
There are offences for faking and misusing IDs.
If you doubt that the ID presented is authentic but are not sure, ask for a second form of identification to help determine whether the ID is fake or does not belong to the person presenting it. Then if you determine that one or both of the presented IDs are fake, that ID (except for a driver licence) should be confiscated and handed over to the police.
While it is an offence to permit underage persons on licensed premises (other than as permitted under section 120(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998), there is a defence under this section if the licensee or staff member was shown an evidence of age document, indicating that the minor is of or over the age of 18 years.
Similarly, it is a defence to supplying liquor to a minor who is not having a meal with his/her parent, guardian or spouse (of or over 18 years of age) if the licensee or staff member was shown an evidence of age document, indicating that the minor is of or over the age of 18 years.
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