Alcohol and young people: What the legislation says about access and secondary supply

Ann Roche, Tania Steenson, Rachel Andrew

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    Issue: The rationale and potential impact of Australia's recent legislative changes regulating secondary supply of alcohol to minors, particularly on private premises. Approach: An examination of similarities and differences between state and territory liquor licensing legislation regulating secondary supply of alcohol to minors was undertaken. Key Findings: The Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria prohibit supply of alcohol to minors on private premises, except by parents/guardians/authorised persons. Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmanian legislation also prescribes that supply must occur responsibly and under supervision. Elsewhere, alcohol supply to minors on private premises is unregulated. These legislative changes reflect the 'familialisation' of adolescent drinking. Implications: Recent legislative amendments regulating secondary supply on private premises may indicate growing awareness of adolescent alcohol-related harms and signal a shift in community norms. However, sociocultural factors, misunderstanding and challenges in enforcing the legislation may limit compliance. Conclusions: Changes in secondary supply legislation need effective dissemination as divergence between states and territories may result in confusion about legal responsibilities. A national approach may be warranted to help set community boundaries for young people's drinking.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)124-132
    Number of pages9
    JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


    • Alcohol
    • Legislation
    • Minors
    • Parents
    • Secondary supply


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