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 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.

Refusal to pay winnings

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.

Page last updated 16 July 2021

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