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Stop the supply campaign

Youre a parent not a mate Here's your drink - It cost me $2000 You're the coach team mate

‘Secondary supply of alcohol’ is the provision of alcohol to young people aged under 18 years, usually by an adult, older sibling or older friend. Supply of alcohol to a person under 18 years is against the law – if done without supervision and without the express permission of their parent/guardian. It results in a fine of up to $2000.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the illegal nature of secondary supply of alcohol within the local community and the subsequent harms that are likely to impact young people as a result:

  • You’re a parent, not a mate – think twice before giving alcohol to minors.
  • Young people’s brains develop up to the age of 25 and are adversely affected by excessive consumption of alcohol.
  • Supplying alcohol to young people under 18 is against the law – if done without supervision AND without the express permission of their parent/guardian – and results in fine of up to $2000.

The Stop the Supply campaign has been adapted from the Australian Northern Beach Community Drug Action Team’s efforts committed to addressing the issue of secondary supply of alcohol to minors at a local level. It aims to reduce underage drinking and young people’s access to alcohol by raising awareness of the offences and penalties related to supplying alcohol to minors by key target groups – parents and older friends. The campaign delivers a clear message that Secondary Supply of alcohol to a person under 18 years is against the law (unless you are the/have obtained express permission from a parent/guardian) – and results in a fine of up to $2000.

Support and encourage young people to DELAY drinking alcohol until they are older. Here’s how:

  • Discuss the issues
  • Educate by example
  • Listen and engage
  • A good relationship
  • Your expectations

Check out DELAY - the Parent’s 5-Point-Plan and learn about strategies for parents of children aged 9 to 14 years.


Last Reviewed: 20/12/2018

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