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Minors Sanctions Scheme

An escalating sanctions regime applies significant penalties for selling alcohol to minors. The sanctions include licence suspension and cancellation, and may be triggered if any person is convicted of an offence of selling liquor to a minor on licensed premises. Conviction for the purposes of the scheme occurs when a person is:

  • convicted of a relevant offence in court, or
  • issued with a penalty notice which is later paid, or
  • issued with a penalty notice and a penalty notice enforcement order is made by the State Debt Recovery Office.

Under the scheme, when a first offence occurs the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (the Authority) can decide to suspend a liquor licence for up to 28 days. When making this decision, the Authority may take into consideration the venue's compliance history and any other relevant factors, including submissions made by NSW Police and an affected licensee.

If a second offence occurs at a venue within 12 months of (but at least 28 days after) the first offence, the venue's liquor licence is automatically suspended for a period of 28 days.

If a third offence occurs within 12 months of (but at least 28 days after) the second offence, the venue's liquor licence is automatically cancelled and the license holder is disqualified from holding a licence for a period of 12 months.

Licensees are able to appeal decisions to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). 

Minors Sanctions Register

Licensed premises that have incurred a suspension under the scheme are listed at the link below.

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Underage drinking fines