Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Western Australian alcohol laws

Please read below for a summary of some of the important liquor laws in Western Australia.

People Under 18 Years of Age

The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old.

A person under 18 years of age is not allowed to buy, supply or drink alcohol on licensed or regulated premises, even if they are with their parents or guardian.

It is illegal to sell alcohol to, or purchase it on behalf of, anyone less than 18 years of age.

The maximum penalty for any person under the age of 18 years to consume alcohol on licensed premises is a AUD$2,000 fine. Any person under the age of 18 years is prohibited to enter or remain on licensed premises except under specific circumstances outlined in the Liquor Control Act 1988.

Acceptable Identification for Proof-of-Age

Western Australian alcohol laws only allow the following identification as legally accepted proof-of-age in licensed premises in Western Australia:

Current Australian Driver's Licence with photograph
Current passport
Current Western Australian Proof-of-Age card*

The proof of age card is a personal identity card which is available to anyone 18 years or over.

Drunk and Disorderly Behaviour

It is an offence to sell or supply alcohol to a drunken person on licensed premises or to allow drunkenness on licensed premises.

It is against the law for anyone to help a drunken person obtain or consume alcohol on licensed premises.

Violent, disorderly and argumentative behaviour is not permitted on licensed premises.

Entry into licensed premises may be refused for reasons such as drunkenness, disorderly behaviour, unacceptable dress, false or insufficient photo identification relating to suspected juveniles, or being underage.

Drinking in a Public Place

It is an offence under Western Australian alcohol laws for persons of any age to drink in public, such as on the street, park or beach. (Maximum Fine: AUD$2,000 or on the spot fine of AUD$200 - Section 119(4a) Liquor Control Act 1988)

Drinking and Driving

Drink driving is a major contributor to road trauma in Western Australia with around one in every four fatal road crashes involving alcohol.

Alcohol and driving do not mix. Consuming alcohol prior to driving impairs driving abilities and increases the risk of crashing.

Alcohol impairs performance by affecting your concentration and perception, judgement of speed and distance and ability to assess risk.

In Australia, it is against the law to drink and drive with a BAC of 0.05% or over. Some drivers are subject to 0.02% BAC; including:

N.B. Learner drivers (L Plates) and Probationary drivers (P Plates) are subject to 0.0% BAC.

It doesn't take much to put you over the limit.
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