Retailers have been reminded to be vigilant after Liquorland Bondi Junction has been ordered to shut for 10 days after being caught serving alcohol to minors.
The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has suspended the business’s liquor licence from 14 to 23 January for the offence which was detected by NSW Police on 17 March last year.
The incident was spotted by police while they were conducting an operation at Eastgate shopping centre. During that time they saw a 30-year-old man buying a carton of beer for a group of eight to 10 minors. While police detained that group for questioning officers saw a 16-year-old boy leave the shopping centre carrying a six-pack of beer.
The boy said that he had bought the beer from Liquorland without being asked for identification. The 19-year-old salesman who served the boy said he believed he looked over the age of 25. The salesman’s employment was subsequently terminated.
This is the second time Liquorland Bondi Junction has had its liquor licence suspended for selling alcohol to minors under the NSW Government’s Minors Sanctions Scheme. In 2015, the business was given a 14-day suspension.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Deputy Secretary Paul Newson said serving alcohol to minors is one of the most serious offences under NSW liquor laws due to the high risks of harm.
“This case should serve as a reminder to all venues,” he said.
“Takeaway alcohol outlets also need to be vigilant for offences whereby minors solicit adults to buy alcohol on their behalf.
“Under the Minors Sanction Scheme, escalating penalties apply for selling alcohol to under 18s including liquor licence suspensions, cancellations and disqualifications.
“Licensed venues are advised to ask for age ID of any patrons who appear under the age of 25.”
Further information on underage drinking laws is available on the Liquor and Gaming website.