Fines for underage drinking – NSW

Responsible Service of AlcoholDo you know the fines for underage drinking within a New South Wales licensed venue? The monetary fines associated with underage drinking can be up to $11,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment. So ask yourself, could your venue afford to be caught serving minors alcohol?

Your venue should have clear procedures and policies in place for staff, to ensure that minors are not served alcohol within the venue. Please see below for the main list of underage drinking offences for minors,  adults and venues:

OFFENCE

MAXIMUM PENALTY

OFFENCE BY

Supply alcohol to, or obtain alcohol for, anyone under 18

$11,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment

Minor or adult

Allow liquor to be sold/supplied to a minor on licensed premises

$11,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment

Licensee

Drink alcohol on licensed premises

$2,200

Minor

Consume or carry away alcohol from licensed premises

$2,200

Minor

Send anyone under 18 to licensed premises to obtain alcohol

$3,300

Minor or adult

Enter or remain in a bar area of a hotel or registered club or a minors’ area of a hotel without a responsible adult (1)

$2,200

$5,500

Minor

Licensee

Enter or remain on public entertainment premises unless in the company and immediate presence of a responsible adult or attending a minors’ function

$2,200

$5,500

Minor

Licensee

Responsible adult who allows minor to drink alcohol on licensed premises or leaves the minor without first informing the licensee or an employee of the licensee

$3,300

Adult

Refuse to give name and address or age when requested by an authorised person (2)

$2,200

Minor

Use false evidence of age

$2,200

Minor

Source: OLGR NSW

Club Training Australia has identified steps that venues can take to manage and ensure that minors are not served or allowed onto licensed premises, as well as tips and strategies to prevent underage drinking and/or unlawful entry to your venue.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Club Training Australia or complete our online RSA.

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