Don’t forget to check patron IDs to avoid offense

By Sky Accountants

Sky Hospitality Accountants Victoria would like to remind licensed venues that checking patron IDs are important in ensuring community safety and preventing the sale of alcohol to those under 18 years of age.


We would like to remind licensees of their duty to ask for an ID if a customer looks under 25 years of age.  They are also reminded to make sure that the ID is valid and acceptable and that they should know the new keypass design and digital format.  Licensees can do the minor quiz or listen to the audio reminder to refresh their knowledge on minors.  Displaying their 2018 license and other required signages is just as important.

In Victoria, the legal drinking age is 18 years of age.  It is an offense to supply alcohol to a minor and an offense for minors at licensed premises to purchase, receive or consume alcohol.

Minors are not permitted on licensed premises unless:

  1. they are accompanied by a responsible adult
  2. having a meal
  3. a resident of the premises
  4. an employee of the licensee not involved in supplying alcohol or
  5. completing a training program in hospitality.

A responsible adult is a person over the age of 18, a parent, step-parent, grandparent, guardian of the minor.  A licensee can refuse entry to a minor or ask them to leave the premises.  In case of a mixed-age live music event, licensees or permitees are required to submit an application or a notification form to the VCGLR.

Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, licensees must not allow liquor to be supplied to a minor or allow a minor to supply liquor on licensed premises.  Minors must not falsely represent themselves to be over the age of 18 years, deface a proof of age document or give a false name, age or address.  It is also an offense for any person to send a minor to obtain liquor. 

Consult the experts about liquor laws and restrictions that affect your business.  Click here to speak to experts who specialise in the hospitality industry.  Sky Hospitality Accountants are big believers in the use of professional tools to manage your business.   The right tools can streamline your processes so that the business is best placed to trade profitably.  

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Sky Accountants Ballarat & Bookkeepers Ballarat Office

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Office Address: 902 Howitt Street, Wendouree, Victoria 3355, Australia
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