In NSW the law generally states:
It is an offence to sell, supply or provide alcohol to someone under 18. The following offences apply:
- A person must not supply liquor to a minor on any other premises, including a private residence, unless the person is a parent or guardian of the minor.
- A person must not buy/supply liquor to a minor whilst on licensed premises.
- A person must not buy and remove liquor from a licensed premise and provide it to a minor, unless the person is a parent or guardian of the minor.
- A person must not sell liquor to a minor.
- Significant fines apply:
On the spot fine - $1100.
Maximum penalty - $11, 000 or 12 months imprisonment (or both).
If you are hosting a party, it is important to remember that the supply of alcohol to someone who is under 18 is illegal unless you have the authorisation of their parents or guardians.
As a host, you can be deemed to have supplied alcohol to a minor if someone under 18 brings their own alcohol to your party. You may expose yourself to future civil litigation.
Party hosting tips
- Register the party with local police.
- Contact parents/guardians before the party.
- No written invite – no entry to the party.
- Have a guest list at the door.
- Make sure the party is not listed publicly on social networking sites.
- Ensure adequate adult supervision.
- Don’t supply alcohol.
- Don’t allow BYO alcohol.
- Provide food.
- Provide non-alcoholic drinks.
- Minimise the impact of noise from the party.
- Be prepared to intervene if anyone appears intoxicated.
- Be prepared to look after anyone who appears unwell.
- Be prepared to contact parents.
- Be prepared for an emergency.
- Encourage parents to pick up their children and have a finishing time on the invitation.
For more information and to register your party, visit: www.mynite.com.au