The Victorian Government is attempting to close a loophole that allows underage patrons to drink on licensed premises if their parents give them permission.
As part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, the state government’s aim is to breach the loophole allowing parents to buy alcohol beverages for their teenagers on licensed premises when it is consumed with a meal. A recommendation from the Australian Hotels Association Victoria (AHA Vic) will see the new bill remove the provision entirely.
Publicans don’t allow this to happen as a general rule because it’s bad for the image and reputation of their establishments however the loophole in the law still exists. Adjusting the bill would clear up any uncertainty.