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NSW: Stronger laws to reduce underage drinking about to come into effect

NSW’s Secondary Supply legislation has been beefed up, with new provisions coming into effect this on 15 December.

Read more about NSW’s Liquor Act review reforms.

The existing secondary supply legislation made it necessary for any supply of an underage young person in a private (i.e. home) setting only if authorised by the young person’s parent or guardian.

The additional controls mean that a parent or guardian, or a person authorised by a parent or guardian must also ensure that they are only supplying alcohol in a responsible manner. Fines of up to $11,000 and /or 12 months imprisonment may apply.

GrogWatch have lobbied for this inclusion and encourages all states and territories to apply this standard of protection for young people. Currently ACT and SA have no Secondary Supply laws at all and Victoria lacks the responsible supervision requirements.