Liquor

Delivery of alcohol

Anyone delivering alcohol or receiving a delivery of alcohol must be aged 18 or over. Delivery people must be satisfied that the person taking the delivery is over 18.

Making deliveries

Person receiving the delivery is clearly over 18

If the person accepting the delivery of alcohol is clearly over the age of 18 you must:

  • have the person sign a declaration with their name stating that they are 18 years or over,
  • and
  • keep a written record and the signed declaration for one year following the delivery.

Age of person receiving the delivery is unclear

If it's unclear whether the person accepting the delivery of alcohol is over 18, you must see evidence of their age and identity by sighting a current:

  • Australian driver’s licence
  • Australian proof of age document
  • passport
  • photographic keypass identification card.

Record-keeping requirements

If the person provides evidence that they are over 18, you must keep a written record for one year that evidence of their age and identity was provided. The written record must include:

  • the type of evidence of identity and age document produced
  • the name and date of birth on the document
  • the address where the alcohol was delivered.

Penalties

You can face a penalty if you don't keep written records of your alcohol deliveries.

Anyone who delivers alcohol to a person under 18 can face a penalty of up to $10,000.

You may not be penalised if you can prove that:

  • you asked the minor to produce evidence of their age and identity
  • the minor made a false statement
  • the minor produced false evidence
  • you reasonably assumed that the minor was 18 years or older.
Penalties relating to deliveries will not be enforced until 1 July 2019 to allow time for licensees and delivery providers to prepare for the transition.

Deliveries of alcohol may still be left unattended if the buyer has directly instructed the licensed seller to do so.

Receiving deliveries

Signed declaration

If the delivery person is satisfied about your age you will need to sign a declaration that states your name and that you are over 18.

Proof of age and identity

If the delivery person is unsure whether you’re over 18 they’ll ask for proof of your age and identity. Acceptable evidence includes a current:

  • Australian driver’s licence
  • Australian proof of age document
  • passport
  • photographic keypass identification card.

Penalties

A person under 18 who lies about their age or produces false identification in order to take delivery of liquor may be subject to a penalty of up to $2,500.

A person who directs or requests someone under the age of 18 to take delivery of liquor may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000.

Penalties relating to deliveries will not be enforced until 1 July 2019 to allow time for licensees and delivery providers to prepare for the transition.

Deliveries of alcohol may still be left unattended if the buyer has directly instructed the licensed seller to do so.

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming

Email: liquorandgaming@sa.gov.au

Phone: 131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post:
GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001

Related information

On this site

Information for parents of minors

Other sites

Liquor reform - CBS


Page last updated 21 September 2018

Provided by:
Attorney-General's Department
URL:
https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/business-and-trade/liquor/delivery-of-alcohol
Last Updated:
21/09/18
Printed on:
15/12/18
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