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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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Under-18 patrons on licensed premises

Minors on licensed premises 

Anyone under the age of 18 years is considered a minor.

The legal drinking age in Victoria is 18 years. It's illegal for any person to supply alcohol to a minor on licensed premises. It's also illegal for a minor to be on licensed premises to purchase, receive or consume alcohol.

Minors and licensed premises 

Minors are not permitted to drink alcohol on licensed premises under any circumstances.

Minors cannot be on licensed premises unless there is a condition allowing them to on the licence – for example, a junior sports club.

The other circumstances  that permit minors to be on licensed premises are if the minor is:

  • in the company of a responsible adult, or
  • having a meal, or
  • is a resident of the premises if accommodation is supplied, or
  • employed by the licensee but not involved in the supply of alcohol, or
  • completing a VCGLR approved training program in hospitality.

A responsible adult is defined as a person who is 18 years or older and is:

  • the minor's parent, step-parent, guardian, grandparent, or
  • the minor's spouse who is over the age of 18 years, or
  • a person who is acting in place of a parent and who could reasonably be expected to exercise responsible supervision of the minor – for example, a sporting coach.

Note: A restaurant and cafe licence or an on-premises licence with restaurant conditions, can allow unaccompanied minors to be on their premises during ordinary trading hours (which is until 11pm).

Refusing service

A licensee must not sell alcohol to a customer if they suspect the customer will give the alcohol to a minor. This is called secondary supply.

Minors selling and supplying alcohol

A minor cannot be involved in the supply of alcohol, except if they are part of a VCGLR approved training program.

A minor cannot sell alcohol through a check-out in a licensed supermarket.

A minor can however,  carry packaged liquor to a person over 18 years of age, for example, a staff member who is a minor can assist carrying purchased alcohol to a customer's car.

 

Page last modified 
5 January 2018