Running a licensed liquor venue

Minors in licensed venues

It is against the law to to sell or supply alcohol to a minor, or for a minor to buy or drink alcohol in a licensed venue. If someone complains that you have sold alcohol to a minor and you are convicted, the court will:

  • take disciplinary action
  • suspend your licence if it's a first offence
  • revoke your licence if it's not the first offence or not the first time disciplinary action has been taken.

You can be fined and the court can limit:

  • the kinds of alcohol you can sell
  • the times alcohol can be sold
  • your responsibilities under the licence.

Minors working in licensed venues

Minors can't hold a licence or be in a position of authority in a trust or company, but can hold shares in a private company or be a beneficiary of a trust that has a licence.

Minors can be employed to clear tables or do general cleaning but can't enter gaming areas.

A minor can sell, supply or serve alcohol if they are 16 years or older and:

  • are the child of the licencee
  • are child of the responsible person for the venue
  • are approved by CBS, if they don't live on the premises
  • live on the premises.

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming


Phone: 131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street

GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001

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