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Under-18 patrons on licensed premises

27 May 2021

Responsible Service of Alcohol to Minors

Minors on licensed premises
Anyone under the age of 18 years is considered a minor.
The legal drinking age in Victoria is 18 years. It's illegal for any person to supply alcohol to a minor on licensed premises. It's also illegal for a minor to be on licensed premises to purchase, receive or consume alcohol.

Minors and licensed premises
Minors are not permitted to drink alcohol on licensed premises under any circumstances.
Depending on the situation, a minor may be allowed on licensed premises.
A minor may be on licensed premises if they are in the company of a responsible adult.

A responsible adult is defined as a person who is 18 years or older and is:
• the minor's parent, step-parent, guardian, grandparent, or
• the minor's spouse who is over the age of 18 years, or
• a person who is acting in place of a parent and who could reasonably be expected to exercise responsible supervision of the minor – for example, a sporting coach.

An unaccompanied minor cannot be on licensed premises unless:
• there is a condition allowing them to be on the licence (for example, a junior sports club)
• it holds a restaurant and cafe licence (until 11pm)
• it holds an on-premises licence with restaurant conditions (until 11pm)

Other circumstances that permit minors on licensed premises are if the minor is:
• having a meal, or
• is a resident of the premises if accommodation is supplied, or
• employed by the licensee but not involved in the supply of alcohol, or
• completing a VCGLR approved training program in hospitality.

Authored by VCGLR

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