In Western Australia the alcohol laws are governed by the Liquor Control Act 1988.
On 20 November 2015 new laws came into effect regarding the secondary supply of alcohol. Under this law it is an offence for anyone to supply under 18’s with alcohol in a private setting without parental or guardian permission. This offence carries a maximum penalty of $10,000.
Alcohol can increase the risk of injury, mental health problems, and cause permanent damage to young peoples’ developing brain. For these reasons the national health guideline for children and young people under 18 years of age, states that not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
Parents not wanting their children to drink alcohol are now able to stand firm in their decision not to provide young people with alcohol as secondary supply law means adults are legally not able to give alcohol to another person’s child, on a private premise, without parental permission.
For detailed information on secondary supply, please refer to these FAQs or visit the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor website.
The laws are different in each State or Territory regarding alcohol use by people under the age of 18. According to the Liquor Control Act 1988 in Western Australia:
1 Liquor Control Act 1988,123(1) p. 215
2 Liquor Control Act 1988,121(1) p. 209
3 Liquor Control Act 1988,121(2) p. 209
4Liquor Control Act 1988,119(1) p. 203
Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers.
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.