Information for parents of minors

While minors are permitted in most areas of a licensed hotel or club in South Australia, it is against the law for a minor:

  • to enter or remain in a gaming area
  • operate a gaming machine on licensed premises.

This includes walking through a gaming area to access other areas of a venue such as a dining area or toilets.

It is also against the law for a person to knowingly assist or enable a minor (including infants) to enter or remain in a gaming area.

Venue requirements

The Gaming machine gambling code of practice (PDF) outlines the required signage licensed venues must have in place.

At the entry to a gaming area there must be signage advising that penalties apply if a minor enters the gaming area.

18+ only Gaming Area - No Minors (penalties of up to $2500 apply - please see our staff for more details)

The Code of Practice also requires that a licensee must have current written procedures to address the issue of young children that might be left unattended on the premises or carpark.

Refusal to pay winnings

If a minor operates a gaming machine, they are not entitled to any winnings.

Those winnings are forfeited to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner for payment into the Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund.

Make a complaint

If you are concerned about a minor on licensed premises, speak to the venue staff.

You can also lodge a complaint with CBS.

Make a complaint about a gambling provider

Page last updated 15 February 2023

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