How can I get involved?

There are a number of campaigns being run throughout Australia which deal with the issue of secondary supply of alcohol to young people . We are currently working with young people to develop a survey to find out which campaigns parents think are most effective.

Please keep visiting this page or provide your contact details below if you would like to be notified when the survey is available.

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What happens next?

Community input gathered during the forum and from the online platform will guide the development of a project to support the reduction of alcohol related harm for young people.

What are secondary supply of alcohol laws?

New legislation about secondary supply of alcohol laws came into effect on 20 November 2015. Secondary supply laws mean it is against the law to provide under 18s with alcohol, in private settings, without parental consent. Secondary supply refers to the provision of alcohol products to young people under the age of 18 years by a third party. This includes parents providing alcohol to their children's friends, as well as older siblings providing alcohol to younger siblings and older friends providing alcohol to friends under 18 years.

Let's talk about young people and alcohol

Friends and parents are the most common source of alcohol for young people. One in three 12-17 year olds source alcohol from their friends and parents. The secondary supply laws empower parents to stand firm in their decision to not supply young people with alcohol.

Evidence has shown alcohol consumption is harmful to the developing brain which can lead to:

  • learning difficulties
  • memory problems
  • mental health issues
  • other problems later in life such as alcohol dependence

Dangerous behaviour is more likely among young people when they drink compared to older drinkers. Young people are more at risk of motor vehicle accidents, injuries, risky sexual behaviour, accidental death and suicide whilst under the influence of alcohol.

According to the 2014 Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey, 13.9% of Western Australian students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol in the past week, 23.9% drank in the last month and 44.3% drank in the last year.