From 15 December 2014, an escalating sanctions regime applies significant penalties for selling alcohol to minors. The sanctions include licence suspension and cancellation, and may be triggered if any person is convicted of an offence of selling liquor to a minor on licensed premises. Conviction for the purposes of the scheme occurs when a person is:
Under the scheme, when a first offence occurs the Secretary, Department of Justice can decide to suspend a liquor licence for up to 28 days. When making this decision, the Secretary may take into consideration the venue's compliance history and any other relevant factors, including submissions made by NSW Police and an affected licensee.
If a second offence occurs at a venue within 12 months of (but at least 28 days after) the first offence, the venue's liquor licence is automatically suspended for a period of 28 days.
If a third offence occurs within 12 months of (but at least 28 days after) the second offence, the venue's liquor licence is automatically cancelled and the license holder is disqualified from holding a licence for a period of 12 months.
Licensed premises that have incurred a suspension under the scheme are listed at the link below.
Download the Minors Sanctions Register (PDF, 90KB)
Underage drinking fines