Fines and the law

If you're convicted of a criminal offence, you could have difficulty getting a job or even be prevented from obtaining a visa to travel overseas.

Fines correct at time of publishing however they may increase.

Alcohol

In Queensland you must be over 18 years of age to enter a licensed venue or purchase alcohol. Police and Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation inspectors can issue on-the-spot fines for:

  • drinking in a public place (18 years and over): $121
  • underage drinking or possession of liquor in a public place, even if you're holding a drink for your friend who is over 18: $365*
  • being under 18 and found on licensed premises: $365*
  • being under 18 and found drinking or just holding a drink for a friend on licensed premises $365*

*or you could be taken to court and fined for each offence you commit.

If you’re 18 and you supply alcohol to your underage mates you could face a fine of $9752.

You can read more about on-the-spots fines and what to do if you receive an on-the-spot fine.

Drugs

  • Possessing or supplying illegal drugs can lead to severe penalties.
  • Supplying others with illegal drugs is a serious criminal offence.
  • Possessing a device that is used for smoking cannabis is an offence.
  • In Queensland, 17 year olds are classed as adult offenders.

Identification

Don't fake it! It's illegal to use someone else's ID or make a fake ID.

  • If you use a friend's ID you may be fined $365* on the spot.
  • If you lend your ID to a friend you may be fined up to $609* and the ID may be confiscated on the spot.
  • If you deface an ID to use it you may be fined $487* on the spot.
  • If you make and use a false ID you may be fined on the spot. Minors will be fined $243* and adults will be fined $487*.

*or you could be taken to court and fined for each offence you commit.

All fake IDs will be confiscated.

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