New Laws To Protect Minors From Alcohol Harm

The Andrews Labor Government will ban alcohol advertising within 150 metres of all Victorian schools, as part of new measures to protect children, support consumers and reduce red tape.

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced the restriction as part of major reforms to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 which will also:

  • remove a loophole that allows minors accompanied by a parent or guardian to be served alcohol with a meal on licensed premises
  • require delivery drivers to check identification before leaving alcohol with a person who appears underage
  • introduce fines of more than $19,000 for the delivery of alcohol to a minor.

The reforms will also allow people to take away their unfinished open bottles of liquor from licensed cafes and restaurants, and reduce red tape for businesses by reducing the time taken to transfer liquor licences following the sale of a business and eliminating the need for multiple licences for spirit producers.

The changes are part of an ongoing review of the Liquor Control Reform Act, which has included consultation with the public and the industry.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

“Kids shouldn’t be encouraged to drink on the way to class every day – that’s why we’re banning alcohol advertising near schools.”

“These reforms will better protect children and consumers, and reduce red tape for business.”