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Entry for minors

Minors, or persons under 18 years, are permitted to enter registered clubs subject to the restrictions set out in the club's rules.

Minors are not permitted to enter or remain in the bar area of a club or hotel, except when they are accompanied by a responsible adult and:

  • passing through the area to gain access to another area of the club
  • performing in the bar area, such as in a show
  • attending a wedding reception of a member of a registered club (or that member's child or parent), or invited by a person entitled to issue an invitation.

Clubs can apply for the following authorisations:

  • a non-restricted area authorisation
  • a junior members authorisation
  • a club functions authorisation.

Non-restricted area authorisation

When approved, a club can allow under 18s to access areas of a club that are not gaming areas in the company of a responsible adult.

Non-restricted area authorisation - application form​ (PDF, 131KB)

Junior membership authorisation

ILGA may grant a club a junior members authorisation to allow club members under 18 years access to the club premises that would normally be restricted to adult members for

  • taking part in a sporting activity, or
  • prize-giving ceremony associated with a sporting activity.

The minor needs to be under adult supervision.

Clubs must ensure that no liquor is supplied or sold, no gaming machines are used by junior members and tobacco vending machines are switched off in the area, as part of the junior membership authorisation. For more details please refer to the Section 22A and 23A of the Registered Clubs Act 1976.

Junior members authorisation - application form (PDF, 119KB)

Club functions authorisation

A club functions authorisation allows a club to permit minors and non-members to enter a designated area of the club's premises to attend a function.

The function can be of a cultural, educational, religious, patriotic, professional, charitable, political, literary, sporting, athletic, industrial or community nature, and may include a wedding.

At the conclusion of the function minors must leave the club or be in the guardianship of an adult member or a person signed in as temporary member or the guest of a member.

 A club functions authorisation is subject to the following conditions, but only to the extent that it authorises functions for minors on the club premises:

  1. at least 7 days notice must be given to the local police before any function is held,
  2. the notice must specify the name and nature of the function, the number of minors attending, the number of adult supervisors, details of the security arrangements and such other particulars as may be prescribed by the regulations,
  3. the secretary of the club and person conducting the function must comply with any directions given by the local police or the Authority with respect to the conduct of functions for minors,
  4. liquor must not be sold, supplied, disposed of or consumed in the area in which any function is held,
  5. gaming machines must not be located in the area in which any function is held and any area of the club in which gaming machines are located must not be accessible to any minor attending the function,
  6. such other conditions as may be prescribed by the regulations.

Club functions authorisation applicaiton form (PDF, 121KB)​

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