• COVID-19

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  • Alcohol

    It's important to set clear rules and expectations around alcohol early on.

  • Drugs

    As a parent/guardian, drug use is often one of the biggest concerns when it comes to allowing your teen to celebrate Schoolies.

  • Sex

    When it comes to sex, don't assume that your teen is across it all.

  • Social media and privacy

    Leading up to Schoolies, make time to share some tips on how your teen can keep themselves safe whilst using social media.

  • Mental wellbeing

    Schoolies is often promoted as the best week of your teen's life but this is often not the case.

  • Rights and responsibilities

    Regardless of where your teen is choosing to celebrate Schoolies, it’s important that they are aware of the laws surrounding alcohol, drugs and responsible behaviour may be different in each state or country.

Regardless of where or how your teen chooses to celebrate the end of their schooling, it’s important that they are aware of the laws surrounding alcohol, drugs and responsible behaviour.

When talking about rights and responsibilities with your teen, we suggest reminding them that one poor choice can drastically affect their entire future. Having a criminal record can remove opportunities such as getting a job or being allowed to travel to other countries.

*N.B. The above video was filmed prior to current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst it may refer to Schoolies, the general content and safety messaging still applies in everyday life and beyond graduation.

Top rights and responsibilities to cover:

In Queensland:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to enter a licensed venue or purchase alcohol.
  • Supplying alcohol to underage friends could see your teen facing a fine of $1,067* (with a maximum up to $10,676*) per friend supplied.
  • Drinking in a public place is against the law, regardless of your age - $400* (under 18) or $133* (18 years and over).
  • Underage drinking or possession of liquor in a public place, even if holding a drink for your friend whilst they tie their shoelace – $400* fine.
  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs. Police often do roadside testing for both alcohol and drugs.
  • Possessing or supplying others will illegal drugs is a serious criminal offence.
  • Possessing an implement (e.g. bong, cannabis pipe, needle) that is used for smoking or taking illegal drugs is an offence.
  • It is illegal for you to give someone prescription drugs, other than as prescribed.
  • Selling or supplying tobacco to someone under the age of 18 years of age is illegal.
  • Don't fake it! It's illegal to use someone else's ID or make a fake ID:
    • if your teen uses a friend's ID, they may be fined $400* on the spot.
    • if your teen lends their ID to a friend, they may be fined up to $667* and the ID may be confiscated on the spot.

*Or they could be taken to court and fined for each offence they commit. Fines are correct at the time of publishing however they may increase.

*N.B. The above video was filmed prior to current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst it may refer to Schoolies, the general content and safety messaging still applies in everyday life and beyond graduation.

Parents – you may think you are protecting your teen if you buy them alcohol for their end of year celebrations.

If your teen is under the age of 18 and you are leaving them unsupervised, you could be fined up to a maximum of $10,676 for supplying alcohol to a minor.