Secondary supply generally refers to the provision of alcohol products to young people under the age of 18 years by a third party. This includes parents providing alcohol to their children, or their children's friends, as well as older siblings providing alcohol to younger siblings and friends.
It is illegal for a young person under the age of 18 years to buy alcohol. It is also illegal for a young person under the age of 18 to drink, or have alcohol supplied to them by an adult, in a licensed venue or public place.
Laws pertaining to parental supply in private residences, public places and licensed venues vary between states. In some jurisdictions, it can be illegal to provide alcohol to young people on private property without parental permission. Parents may also be required to provide adequate supervision to young people consuming alcohol on their property.
Parents should check with the liquor licensing authority or police in their state or territory for advice on secondary supply before parties are organised. The lawstuff internet site has general legal information on alcohol supply and drinking laws in your state or territory.
The Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol provide advice for parents and carers about alcohol consumption by young people.
Children and young people under 18 years of ageFor children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
The Australian Government has produced a brochure, Alcohol and your kids: a guide for parents and carers, to promote the messages in the guidelines.
The full range of brochures and the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol can be viewed on the Australian alcohol guidelines page.