Celebrating the end of HSC exams and Year 12 is known as Schoolies Week. It can be a challenging time for both parents and licensed venues as drinking alcohol is often part of the celebrations.
Be prepared by reading our information for both parents and licensees to ensure a safe Schoolies Week.
Liquor & Gaming NSW and NSW Police conduct additional compliance checks of licensed venues during this time.
The key issues closely monitored by police and liquor inspectors are:
Penalties of up to $11,000 can apply for these offences. You can read the table of Underage drinking offences for more detail.
You can also read more about Underage drinking laws.
Licensees can help minimise harm and underage drinking by:
If you've allowed your son or daughter to celebrate during Schoolies, have a chat with them about personal safety, alcohol limits and the law.
In the state of NSW, it is illegal to:
If you're under 18 and break the law, you could be fined up to $2,200 per offence, and the licensee could lose their liquor licence.
If your son or daughter is 18 or older and want to enter licensed premises, the following are accepted identification for proof of age:
If you're a minor, it's against the law to use false identification documents as proof of age to get into a licensed venue.
If you use false ID, you may be fined $2,200 or an on-the-spot penalty of $220. You may also have 6 months added your provisional driver's licence.
If you're an adult and you allow a minor to use your ID, you may be fined up to $3,300 or given an on-the-spot fine of $330.
Dept. of Health - Alcohol and your kids: a guide for parents and career
NSW Health, on binge drinking - What Are You Doing To Yourself?
Support for young people - ReachOut.com