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Under Tasmania’s Police Offences Act 1935 it is illegal to supply alcohol to people aged under 18 years in a private home unless it is supplied by:

  • A parent, adult with parental rights and responsibilities
  • An adult who has the approval of the child’s parent or guardian

However, if the supply of this alcohol is not accompanied with ‘responsible supervision’, the supplier may still be prosecuted.

Fines of up to $12,000 or a jail term of up to 12 months may be incurred for offences that are deemed more serious. Fines for lesser offences may be imposed by infringement notice.

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. 


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