Children working or employed in licensed premises

This page has information about children working or employed at licensed premises in the Northern Territory (NT).

Children are usually not permitted to sell, serve or supply alcohol in licensed premises. Licensees can apply for permission to employ children under exceptional cases.

Children under the age of 14 years and 9 months can't be employed in any capacity.

When children can sell, supply or serve alcohol

Under 16 years of age

Children under 16 years of age can sell, serve or supply alcohol if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • they are aged over 14 years nine months
  • they are completing an accredited hospitality training course (not RSA)
  • serving and supplying alcohol is only carried out as a course requirement
  • serving and supplying alcohol takes place at an accredited training facility.

Children under 16 years of age can't sell, serve or supply alcohol in licensed venues outside of a training facility.

Over 16 years of age

Children over 16 years of age can apply to sell, serve and supply alcohol outside of a training facility if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • they are completing, or have completed, an accredited hospitality training course
  • they have completed a responsible service of alcohol course
  • they are under direct adult supervision at all times.

Non-alcohol related work on licensed premises

When to seek approval

You must apply for approval to employ children in non-alcohol related work if:

  • the child is over 14 years nine months old
  • the child will complete non-alcohol related duties
  • the child would otherwise not be allowed to remain unaccompanied on licensed premises - this is a condition of many liquor licences.

When to not seek approval

You don't need to apply for approval to employ children in non-alcohol related work if:

  • the child is over 14 years nine months old
  • the child will complete non-alcohol related duties
  • the child is allowed to remain unaccompanied on licensed premises - eg:, if your liquor licence permits unaccompanied minors on premises.

How to apply for approval

You need to seek approval from the Director-General of Licensing. Send your written application by email to LRASComplianceDWN.DOB@nt.gov.au.

Make sure you include details and evidence of required conditions.

After you apply

All of the following will be considered when evaluating your application:

  • parent/guardian approval, where appropriate
  • the child's age and maturity
  • size, nature and location of the licensed premises
  • nature of tasks to be performed
  • quality of induction training
  • provision of responsible service of alcohol training
  • quality and level of adult supervision
  • provision of ongoing accredited hospitality training
  • whether the child is a genuine employee.

Last updated: 13 October 2017