Under Section 156A of the Queensland Liquor Act 1992 it is illegal to supply alcohol to people aged under 18 years in a private home unless it is supplied by:
- A parent, step-parent, guardian
- An adult with parental responsibilities
However, if the supply of this alcohol is not accompanied with ‘responsible supervision’, the supplier may still be prosecuted.
The penalty for an offence is a fine up to the sum of $8,000.
‘Responsible supervision’ is generally determined by:
- Whether the adult was drunk
- Whether the child was drunk
- The age of the child
- The amount of alcohol consumed by the child and over what period of time
- Whether the child consumed food with the alcohol
- How the child was supervised
Please note: This information does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in this way. The information is correct at the time of publication. For information specific to your situation contact a legal aid service in your state or territory.