Children working or employed in licensed premises

Changes to the NT Liquor Act

On 1 October 2019, liquor laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT).

Find out about changes to the NT liquor laws.

Children are usually not permitted to sell, serve or supply alcohol in licensed premises.

A child is a person who is under the age of 18.

If you are a licensee in the Northern Territory, you can apply for permission to employ children under exceptional cases.

Children under 14 years and nine months can't be employed in any capacity.

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Under 16 years

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

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

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

Over 16 years

Children over 16 years 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.

When you need approval

You must apply for approval to employ a child in non-alcohol related work if they:

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

When you don't need approval

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

  • are over 14 years and nine months old
  • will complete non-alcohol related duties and
  • are allowed to remain unaccompanied on licensed premises - for example, if your liquor licence permits unaccompanied minors on premises.

You can apply for approval from the Director of Liquor Licensing by emailing agd.lrascompliancedwn@nt.gov.au

Make sure you include details and evidence of required conditions.

All of the following will be considered when your application is evaluated:

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

Last updated: 01 October 2019

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