Buying and Drinking Alcohol

It is an offence to pretend to be 18 to buy alcohol.

It is normally an offence to drink alcohol in a public place (e.g. on roads and in parks) and it is illegal to be drunk in public.

Maximum penalty: 2 penalty units for being drunk in a public place.

It is an offence for a child to possess or consume alcohol on licensed premises.

Maximum penalty: 25 penalty units

Possession of Drugs

Police may decide to give someone a drug diversion on the spot for possessing minor amounts of certain illegal drugs.

Fake IDs

It is illegal to pretend that you are 18 years old or more if you are not yet 18 in order to enter licensed premises (e.g. a pub or club).

Altering an ID card to make it appear as though you are 18 or older or giving someone else a fake ID is also against the law.

Maximum penalty: penalties relating to misuse of IDs vary from 25 to 40 penalty units.


Click here for more information about Fake IDs and other ‘dishonesty offences’
at the Queensland Law Handbook