The Liquor Control Act 1988 states that it is illegal to sell or supply liquor to juveniles or intoxicated people on licensed or regulated premises, but what exactly are "regulated premises"? This fact sheet explains what it means when the Act refers to regulated premises.
The main purpose of bringing regulated premises into the Act was twofold: firstly to reduce the incidence of the sale of alcohol to intoxicated people, and secondly to minimise the sale or supply of liquor to juveniles.
Essentially, most places that the public has access to which are not licensed are determined to be "regulated" under the Act.
While the following is not an exhaustive list of regulated premises, it does refer to some of the more common examples that people are likely to come across:
Regulated premises include any area which:
- is adjacent to, and regularly used in conjunction with, licensed premises (for example, a pub car park);
- is managed by a licensee;
- has a permit applied to it, or any other premises on which liquor may be lawfully supplied (for example, a community park that is hosting a one-off function);
- is occasionally hired to the public for the purpose of entertainment (for example, a town hall);
- is a place where food and non-alcoholic refreshments are sold (for example, a BYO restaurant); and
- is occupied by a club (which does not have a licence attached to it).
Serving or supplying someone who is drunk on regulated premises
Just as it is an offence to sell or supply liquor to an intoxicated person on licensed premises, it also applies to regulated premises. If a drunk person is sold or supplied alcohol on a regulated premises, the owner of that premises will be liable for a $10,000 fine – other people involved in the incident could be fined $2000.
Serving or supplying liquor to juveniles on regulated premises
A person who sells/supplies liquor to juveniles or allows the sale or supply of liquor to juveniles on regulated premises could be issued a $10,000 penalty. The same penalty applies to a person who permits the consumption or possession of alcohol by a juvenile on regulated premises.
Juveniles who remain on regulated premises where liquor is sold or supplied without a lawful reason (for example, for the purpose of purchasing a meal), are committing an offence and could be fined $2000. For an explanation of "lawful purpose" see the Juveniles and Licensed Premises Fact Sheet.
A person who claims to be accompanying a juvenile as a "responsible adult" on a regulated premises, but does not fulfil this commitment, is also committing an offence and could be fined $4000.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this fact sheet is general in nature – for full details, reference should be made to the Liquor Control Act 1988.