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Be responsible this Australia Day

Australia Day is a day of celebration for many Australians. It’s a great day to relax and enjoy summer. However, public holidays, and Australia Day in particular, are a day of risk for many in our communities.

Emergency services report significant increases in alcohol-related injuries from acute intoxication, assaults and serious motor vehicle accidents.

VicHealth's "Drinking Cultures and social occasions - public holidays" research reports an increase in significant harms to our community on Australia Day including:

  • A 50 per cent increase in intoxicated young people presenting at emergency rooms.
  • A 200 per cent rise in young people treated for injuries due to assaults.
  • More than double the average ambulance attendances for young people.
  • A peak in serious motor vehicle accidents the day before Australia Day.
  • Assaults on Australia Day are the highest after New Year's Day.

It's not just the public holiday itself that carries a greater risk. Emergency services also report significant increases in alcohol-related incidents in the days leading up to public holidays, particularly Australia Day. The VCGLR's Intoxication Guidelines are available online and will help licensees and staff to identify signs of intoxication and know when to stop service to patrons.

Given that Australia Day is in the middle of summer and school holidays, it can also be an attractive day for minors to try and purchase alcohol or enter licensed premises. Keep your security, floor and bar staff vigilant.

It is an offence for a person under 18 years of age to falsely represent themselves to be of, or over, 18 years of age. Identification can be confiscated by the venue and security staff if they have a reasonable belief that it's false or has been tampered with.

VCGLR inspectors will be visiting both metropolitan and regional areas over the Australia Day period and will take action in respect to non-compliance by licensees. For further reading, visit underage patrons on licensed premises, and responsible alcohol advertising and promotions.

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Article last modified 
17 May 2018