While families, of course, are usually protective of their children, parents are commonly the source of alcohol to their children, or their children’s friends. This is known as secondary supply of alcohol.
It is legal:
It is illegal for:
Did you know?40% of under-age drinkers get alcohol from their parents
Supplying alcohol to young people in the private settingIt’s not an offence in Queensland for a person younger than 18 to drink in a private home with supervision. However, it’s important to provide adequate supervision by a parent or guardian, and consider the message you send by allowing this to happen. If you demonstrate disapproval and make it difficult for your under-age adolescent to access alcohol at home, you can help reduce the risk of early initiation of drinking and long-term harm.
Secondary supply and Queensland legislationEvery state and territory in Australia has different legislation surrounding the supply of alcohol to people under 18. The following points clearly identify your legal obligations under Queensland legislation:
It is legal:
- For a person younger than 18 years to drink alcohol within private premises, with the supervision of a parent/guardian.
It is illegal for:
- A parent/guardian to provide alcohol to someone under the age of 18 years, then NOT provide adequate supervision.
- Someone other than a parent/guardian to supply alcohol to someone under the age of 18 years, even on private property.
- People under the age of 18 years to purchase alcohol.
- People under the age of 18 years to have alcohol bought for them in public places.
- People under the age of 18 years to attend a licensed venue without parental supervision (there are some special circumstances. Click here for clarification).
- Licenced premises to sell alcohol to someone under the age of 18 years alcohol.
- Under-age drinking or possession of alcohol in a public place could result in a fine up to $2846
- If your teenager is under-age and found in licensed premises they could be fined up to $2846.
- If your teenager is 18 and buys alcohol for their under-age friends they could be fined up to $9108.
- If you get caught providing alcohol to your under-age child in an unsupervised environment you could be fined up to $9108.
The Kiama ‘Stop Underage Drinking Project’ is funded by the Australian Research Council with support from the University of Wollongong and was developed and implemented in collaboration with community partners in Kiama. The project aims to address social norms around underage drinking including the supply of alcohol to teenagers. Check out the project here
Information in this section has been drawn and adapted from the following sources:
- Australian Drug Foundation, 2013, Druginfo Fact Sheet: What is secondary supply?, ADF, Melbourne. Available from: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/attachments/213_ADF_FactSheet_SecondarySupply_FINAL_14June13.pdf
- Department of Communities, 2014, Schoolies: Information for parents and guardians – Alcohol and Drugs, Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Brisbane. Available from: http://www.schoolies.qld.gov.au/schoolies/information-for/parents-and-guardians/alcohol-and-drugs
- Department of Health, 2013, Secondary supply, Australian Government, Department of Health, Canberra. Available from: http://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/secondary
- Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, n.d., FARE Fact Sheet: Young people alcohol and the law, FARE. Available from: http://www.fare.org.au/wp-content/uploads/others/Young-people-alcohol-and-the-law-Fact-Sheet.pdf
- Legal Aid Queensland, 1997, Alcohol: Legal information (modified 2014), Legal Aid Queensland. Available from: http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/legalinformation/youngpeople/Yourbodyandhealth/Pages/Alcohol.aspx#
- Roche, A & Steenson, T, 2013, Secondary Supply: What the legislation says about supplying alcohol to young people, NECTA, Flinders University. Available from: Http://nceta.flinders.edu.au/files/8213/6754/3244/EN487_2013_Roche.pdf