Minors found to be illegally gambling and drinking in New South Wales casinos or their associated hospitality venues will face bans of at least 12 months and fines of AU$2,200 (US$1,600) as part of a new compliance crackdown being launched by the state’s gaming regulator.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Executive Director Regulatory Operations, Jane Lin, said in a statement Friday that casino security alongside inspectors from the authority will be on the lookout for minors doing the wrong thing over the upcoming holiday period, with state laws deeming it illegal for anyone under 18 enter a casino or use false evidence of age, including fake IDs. It is also illegal for minors to buy, attempt to buy, or consume alcohol.
Breaking these laws in a casino setting can now result in the minor being fined up to $2,200 per offence. Should an excluded person re-enter or remain in a casino, they face penalties including fines of up to $5,500, imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.
“If a minor is caught within a casino, we may exclude them from re-entering for a period from their 18th birthday, which means they won’t be able to visit until they’re at least 19, and they may be issued with a fine,” Lin said.
“Minors will also not be allowed to keep any winnings from gambling and will leave empty-handed.”
“We have also reminded the casino operators of their obligations to prevent minors from entering casinos including by ensuring that casino staff are checking IDs where necessary.”
Enforcement actions can also be taken against the casino operators themselves should they fail to prevent minors from entering a casino.
NSW is home to two casinos in The Star Sydney and Crown Sydney.