It's fun to celebrate the end of school, but make sure you are aware of the laws and penalties involved in the sale and consumption of alcohol.
- If you are under 18 years of age, in most circumstances it is illegal for you to be on licensed premises. Minors who drink alcohol on licensed premised can be fined up to $2,200
- The licensee cannot serve you if you are intoxicated
- It is illegal to be drunk on licensed premises. This includes being drunk at a restaurant, pub, bar or nightclub. The licensee must request you leave the premises if you are drunk
Consuming alcohol in other places
- Local laws may make it illegal to consume liquor in a public place
- Drinking alcohol in your room or apartment could breach the house rules and result in your eviction
Buying and supplying alcohol
- You must be able to prove that you are over 18 years of age if you go into a licensed venue, or if you wish to buy alcohol or tobacco. Acceptable proof of age documents in NSW include:
- RTA Photo Card
- A passport
- A driver’s licence
- It is illegal to sell or supply alcohol to a person who is under 18. The law applies to anywhere and all times, including homes, halls and public places generally. If you are 18 or above and buy or supply alcohol for an underage person you could be fined:
- up to $5,500 or
- up to $11,000 and/or 12 months goal (in serious cases)
- Police can issue an on-the-spot fine of over $550
- It is illegal for bar staff to sell or supply alcohol to someone who is intoxicated. Even if you are 18 or over, if you are intoxicated, you have no right to be served alcohol. The licensee must request you leave the premises if you are drunk
- If you use a false ID you can be fined over $500
- Bar staff can seize ID if they have a reasonable belief that it is fake. They must then hand it on to the police to investigate
Buying alcohol online
- Buying alcohol over the internet is also illegal if you're under 18. A maximum court imposed fine of $2,200, or an on-the-spot penalty of $220 applies
- If you do purchase over the internet, you will need proof that you are over 18 when the alcohol is delivered
Drinking and driving
- A ZERO blood alcohol limit applies to all Learner and Probationary licence holders
- Apart from that, drinking and driving is dangerous and risky
- If you're stopped by police and asked to undergo a breath test, you must do so. If you don't, you can be charged, fined and disqualified from driving for at least two years
MYTH BUSTER #5
“Nothing serious will happen if I get caught using a fake ID”
Fact: The penalty for using, altering, possessing or lending false identification carries a $220 on spot penalty to the maximum penalty of $2,200. Using fake ID may also result in having a provisional licence extended for an extra six months.
- Don't drink and drive or get in the car with a drunk driver - you could lose your licence or your LIFE!
- Drink spiking happens. Always buy your own drink and keep it with you.
- Drugs are illegal and dangerous. They may affect your health and safety, career and travel plans.
- Know your limits. Limit your drinks; know their strength; have water between drinks; eat something; and remember that only time will make you sober.
- Think before you drink. Underage drinking or possession of liquor in a public place can land you with an on-the-spot fine or in court.
- No means NO. Unwanted or forced sexual behaviour is a crime.
- Avoid violence. You have a choice! Walk away and avoid fights.
- Walk safely. Stay on the footpath, cross only at pedestrian crossings or traffic lights and always walk with a friend or in a group.
- Don't think you can fake it. Possessing a fake ID is illegal and attracts a fine.
- Think before you act. What you choose to do at Schoolies can last a lifetime.