Preventing secondary sales

Responsible Service of AlcoholA ‘second party sale’ occurs when alcohol is purchased and then supplied to a minor. The licensee, RSA staff, and other patrons, including minors (where liquor is supplied to other minors) can all be liable.

It is an offence to buy or obtain liquor on behalf of a person who is under 18. Licensees must display prescribed signs within their venue warning of age restrictions and penalties.

It is often difficult to establish the occurrence of secondary sales, therefore considerable care must be taken by staff to identify the signs such as repeat orders, to ensure that alcohol is not served to or purchased by minors.

In NSW adults cannot give permission for alcohol to be sold or served to minors. Care must be taken by RSA staff to ensure that minors, in the company of a responsible adult, are not supplied with alcohol.