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Minors Sanctions Scheme

Significant penalties apply for selling alcohol to minors, which can result in a suspension or cancellation of your licence. These sanctions are triggered when a licensee is convicted of selling liquor to a minor on a licensed premises.

Conviction for the purposes of the scheme occurs when a person is:

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

First offence

When a first offence occurs the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Board (ILGA) can decide to suspend your liquor licence for up to 28 days.

When making this decision, ILGA may take into consideration your venue's compliance history and any other relevant factors, including submissions made by NSW Police Force and an affected licensee.

Second offence

Your liquor licence will be automatically suspended for 28 days when the second offence occurs:

  • within 12 months of the first offence and
  • at least 28 days after the first offence.

Third offence

Your venue’s liquor licence is automatically cancelled and the licence holder disqualified from holding a licence for 12 months when the third offence occurs:

  • within 12 months of the second offence and
  • at least 28 days after the second offence.


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

Minors Sanctions Register

All decisions under the scheme are listed at the link below.

Download: Minors Sanctions Register (PDF 196.2 KB)

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