Pub and Bar staff, in fact any staff of licenced venues need to be aware of the danger of not asking patrons for proof of their age, especially patrons who look under 23.
While it is often easy to overlook serving a minor when the venue is busy, extra attention must be given to people who look like that may be around their early twenties to make sure no underage patrons slip through the cracks.
It is important to remember that the Responsible Service of Alcohol legislation dictates that bar staff, security staff etc. – anyone that serves alcohol must ensure that they do not serve minors or face fines of up to $8000.
Even just allowing underage patrons into licenced premises could cost bar staff $10,000 in fines and the management could receive an even bigger fine.
It is illegal for a person under the age of 18 to be found in possession of, or drinking alcohol in a public place or to be found entering and remaining in a venue that supplies alcohol. People under the age of 18 are only permitted in a licensed venue under certain circumstances, such as a underage function approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, with a responsible adult who is over 18 years, they reside on the premises, are engaged in a training program in hospitality or training for the purposes of employment or work experience or unaccompanied, in a licensed restaurant during ordinary trading hours (7am to 11pm).
If a person under the age of 18 is found to be breaking any of the laws outlined above, they may also be fined $500.