Minors

LIQUOR LICENSING > MINORS 


This section contains information relating to minors and the sale and supply of liquor as well as information on dry areas in South Australia.

Liquor Licensing – practices relating to minors

There are now stronger penalties for people who illegally supply alcohol to anyone under 18. Big parties and events will be targeted, where large groups of teenagers are supplied with alcohol.

Licensed businesses are still prohibited from supplying alcohol to people under 18 years old.

Unlawful sale of liquor to a minor – disciplinary action

If a licensee is convicted of an offence involving the unlawful sale or supply of liquor to a minor and a complaint is lodged on the ground of the breach of duty leading to the conviction, the Court must:

  1. take disciplinary action against the licensee and
  2. if the conviction follows a previous conviction for an offence involving the unlawful sale or supply of liquor to a minor or previous disciplinary action for an incident involving the unlawful sale or supply of liquor to a minor, suspend or revoke the licence unless the licensee shows cause why that action should not be taken.

A condition may be imposed which:

An order imposing a fine may be registered in the Magistrates Court or the District Court and enforced as an order of the court in which it is registered.

  1. limits the kinds of liquor that may be sold under the licence
  2. limits the times when liquor, or liquor of a particular kind, may be sold under the licence
  3. limits in some other way the authority conferred by the licence

Minors not to be licensees

A minor must not:

  1. hold a licence; or
  2. occupy a position of authority in a trust or corporate entity that holds a licence.

A minor may be a shareholder in a proprietary company or a beneficiary of a trust that holds a licence.

Minors working in a licensed premises

A minor may be employed on licensed premises to carry out tasks such as clearing tables or general cleaning duties, but may not be employed to sell, supply or serve liquor on the licensed premises.

However, a minor may be employed to sell, supply or serve liquor on the licensed premises if he or she is a child of the licensee or of an approved responsible person and he or she is aged 16 years of age or more, and has been approved by the licensing authority.

In the case where the minor is a child of the licensee or of an approved responsible person, aged 16 years of age or older and is a resident at the premises, then approval by the licensing authority is not required. However, if the licensed premises also has a gaming machine licence, the minor is not allowed to enter the gaming area(s) of the licensed premises.

For further information on this please contact Consumer and Business Services.