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Effective date: March 2024
Last amended: July 2024
Next review: March 2029

Purpose

This policy sets out the circumstances in which a juvenile (a person aged under 18), is allowed to be employed or do work experience on a licensed premises. 

Objectives

This policy sets out when juveniles are allowed to work or train on licensed premises. 

Juveniles are only allowed to be on licensed premises for a limited number of reasons. If one of these does not apply, the juvenile, the licensee and any employee of the licensee, each commit an offence which is subject to a penalty. 

It is not an offence for a juvenile to be employed on a licensed premises if they are not employed in the sale or supply of alcohol. This means a licensee will not need the approval of the Director of Liquor Licensing (DLL) to employ a juvenile to sweep floors, prepare food, clear glasses, plates and cutlery from tables and take orders that do not include alcohol. 

A juvenile cannot do any work that is part of serving alcohol, such as:

  • taking orders or payment for alcohol
  • carrying alcohol to a customer’s table
  • stocking mini-bars in hotel rooms
  • delivering alcohol to a guest’s room
  • carrying alcohol to a customer’s vehicle.

A person who employs a juvenile to serve alcohol commits an offence which is subject to a penalty of $10,000. 

Seeking approval to employ a juvenile to serve alcohol ancillary to a meal

It is possible to employ a juvenile to serve alcohol ancillary to a meal if they are at least 16 years old, but first the licensee must seek the approval of the DLL. You can email rgl@dlgsc.wa.gov.au providing: 

  • the name, address, and date of birth of the juvenile, plus their email address, if they have one
  • written evidence of the juvenile’s enrolment or completion of an approved course*
  • the name and address of the premises where the juvenile will work
  • confirmation that the juvenile will always be supervised on the licensed premises and will only serve alcohol ancillary to a meal.

*Approved courses include approved VET courses as defined by the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996, such as Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas in Hospitality. Approved courses also include accredited higher education courses, as defined by the Higher Education Act 2004.

If the DLL grants approval, the juvenile may serve alcohol ancillary to a meal, if they are supervised at all times.

Training-based work experience for juveniles on licensed premises 

A juvenile may be present on a licensed premises to do training-based work experience if they are at least 15 years old and engaged in a training course, and being on the licensed premises is required by the course.

The training institution is required to request the DLL’s approval for the training course by emailing the following information to rgl@dlgsc.wa.gov.au:

  • details of the training institution providing the course
  • confirmation that the attendance of a juvenile on the licensed premises is a requirement of the course
  • confirmation that the training institution will issue each student with a letter stating that they are present on the licensed premises for the purpose of a training course 
  • confirmation that juveniles will only be present on the licensed premises for training and they will not be involved in the sale or supply of alcohol. 

An approval by the DLL for a training course will be issued to the training institution and valid for one calendar year. 

Additional guidance

Further information on licence requirements is available, or the Licensing section can be contacted on 61 8 6551 4888.

Disclaimer

The policy on this subject is general information and is not professional advice or a legal opinion. The information is provided on the understanding that any person reading it must take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy.

Page reviewed 11 September 2023