Minors in licensed venues

It's against the law 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're convicted, the court will:

  • 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 in licensed venues

Minors are not permitted on packaged liquor sales licence premises unless the minor is accompanied by a responsible adult.

Minors are not permitted on any licensed premises, including restaurants, after midnight unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Between the hours of 2.00 am and 5.00 am, minors are not permitted on licensed premises at all.

Some licensed premises may also have conditions on their licence which restrict minors entering or remaining on the premises at different times. If you're unsure if a minor can attend a licensed premises you should call the venue ahead of time to check the conditions of their 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’re 16 years or older and:

  • are the child of the licensee
  • are child of the responsible person for the venue
  • are approved by Consumer and Business Services, if they don't live on the premises
  • live on the premises.

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming

Email: liquorandgaming@sa.gov.au

Phone: 131 882

GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001

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