IMPORTANT NOTICE: A Declared State of Disaster is currently in place across Victoria. See: COVID-19 information for licensees
If you hold a coronavirus (COVID-19) temporary liquor licence, general licence, packaged liquor licence, late night (general) licence or late night (packaged liquor) licence you can supply liquor for takeaway or delivery, unless there is a condition on your licence that prohibits you from doing so.
The delivery of liquor to a private residence poses significant risks including delivery to a minor (a person under the age of 18 years) or to an intoxicated person.
We are committed to ensuring the safe and responsible supply of liquor to ensure compliance with the relevant laws and to minimise harm.
Delivery of liquor to under 18s
Liquor cannot be delivered to a person under the age of 18 at a private residence.
Delivery drivers should check the identification of anyone who looks under the age of 25 receiving orders that include liquor to ensure they are not delivering to someone under the age of 18.
While there are social distancing requirements currently in place, there is no requirement to physically handle the identification produced - but a driver should be able to see the ID and the date of birth (usually printed in large print on the back of Victorian driver or learner permits).
In Victoria, the acceptable forms of ID are:
Liquor licensees are also responsible for verifying the age of their customers for liquor supplied from their licensed premises, including in the case of delivery at the point of sale.
Licensees and drivers should also be mindful of not delivering liquor to a person who may be intoxicated. For more information on the signs of intoxication, see: Intoxication guidelines
Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 fines exceeding $19,000 may apply to a person who delivers liquor to a person under the age of 18, and fines can also apply to liquor licensees who should also verify ID at the time of sale. Fines may also apply to the supply of liquor to an intoxicated person.
Resources are available for licensees and delivery services to use to promote these obligations:
Optional signage - Delivering liquor (PDF, 992.66 KB)
Social media tile - Facebook - Delivering liquor (JPG, 123.28 KB)
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