Significant penalties can apply if you sell or supply liquor to a minor in NSW, including:
It is also your responsibility to prevent minors from unlawfully entering and remaining in restricted bar areas of your licensed venue.
Read more information about minors in licensed venues.
Read the Underage drinking laws - fact sheet (PDF, 272KB)
Parents and guardians also have responsibilities under NSW liquor laws to when accompanying and supervising minors in licensed venues to prevent them from consuming alcohol in a licensed venue.
If a parent/guardian allows a minor to consume alcohol in a licensed venue, you risk an on-the-spot penalty notice of $330 or court imposed fine of $3,300.
Further information about the NSW underage drinking laws is explained in this fact sheet.
If you are a parent or guardian (or person authorised by a parent or guardian) and you supply alcohol to your underage child (minor) away from a licensed premises, such as at a private gathering or home or in an unlicensed restaurant, you must do so in a manner that is consistent with the responsible supervision of the minor.
The relevant matters that would be considered by the courts in determining the responsible supervision of a minor include:
You should be aware that the supply of alcohol to a child who is intoxicated is not, in any circumstance, consistent with the responsible supervision of a minor.
Significant penalties can apply where alcohol is provided to a child who is intoxicated or not in a manner that is consistent with the responsible supervision of the minor.
A $1,100 on-the-spot penalty can be issued or the courts can impose fines of up to $11,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
The Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing publishes guidelines to help parents understand the risks of alcohol consumption by young people. The guidelines note that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking, and that for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important. For young people aged 15−17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible.
For more information please visit the Department of Health's Alcohol and your kids: a guide for parents and carers.
Standard drink and intoxication guidelines
Responsible service of alcohol
Underage drinking laws - fact sheet (PDF, 272KB)