There are different entry requirements for people visiting a registered club that are outlined in the Registered Clubs Act 1976 and the clubs' own rules.
A visitor can enter a club that allows temporary membership if they:
Upon arrival you will usually sign in and be given a temporary membership. You will be asked to present photo ID, like a driver licence that shows your current address. If you are attending a sporting event you won’t be required to sign in.
Clubs may limit the number of times a person is admitted as a temporary member through their club policy. Policies like this encourage people who visit the club to apply for full membership.
Attending a function
If you are attending an event, like a wedding, and are not eligible to enter as a temporary member, you can usually enter as a guest of a member attending the wedding. The club's rules may limit the number of guests a member can sign in and the club should make the event organiser aware of this at the time of booking the function.
Members are able to sign in their own guests. Guests are the member’s responsibility and should remain in the company of the member. A guest must:
Minors, or under 18s, are permitted to enter registered clubs in line with the club's rules. Minors must:
Minors aren’t permitted to enter or stay in the bar area of a club or hotel, unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult and are:
Clubs can also apply for the following authorisations:
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.
Apply now: Non-restricted area authorisation - application form PDF, 326.81 KB
Junior membership authorisation
Clubs may apply to ILGA for a junior members authorisation. This allows under 18s to access club areas that would normally be restricted to adult members so that they can:
Junior members need to be under adult supervision and clubs must ensure that no liquor is sold or otherwise supplied to the minor, gaming machines are not used by junior members, and tobacco vending machines are switched off in the area.
Apply now: Junior members authorisation - application form PDF, 305 KB
Club functions authorisation
A club functions authorisation allows a club to allow under 18s and non-members to enter a specific area of the club's venue to attend a function. At the end of the function minors must leave the club or be in the guardianship of an adult who is authorised to be in club.
A club functions authorisation has the following conditions, but only to the extent that it authorises functions for under 18s on the club premises:
Apply now: Club functions authorisation application form PDF, 326.96 KB
For more details about the above authorisations refer to Sections 22A, 23 and 23A of the Registered Clubs Act 1976.