RSA: What is a responsible adult for a minor?

When you work in licensed premises in an RSA role, you need to know that some licensed premises allow minors into their venues if they are accompanied by a “responsible adult.” So what exactly is a responsible adult?

In Queensland, a responsible adult in relation to a minor is:

  • a parent
  • a step-parent or guardian
  • an adult who has ‘parental rights, duties and responsibilities’ in relation to the minor.

A responsible adult is the person who makes adult decisions on behalf of the minor. For example:

  • an 18-year-old adult with a 17-year-old spouse, partner or sibling, would not be making parental decisions on the minor’s behalf
  • a 20-year-old adult with a 10-year-old brother or sister may be a responsible adult
  • the minor’s spouse or de facto partner

If you are trying to decide if a person is a responsible adult or not, ask yourself this question – would the older person be making adult decisions on behalf of the minor?

Licensees, approved managers and RSA staff are required to ensure that minors in the premises, not in the company of a responsible adult, are removed from the venue as soon as they are found.