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  • 07 Equity and Rights in Society
  • Children’s Rights and Duties
  • Children’s Rights
  • Personal Choices
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Personal Choices


In Tasmania it is an offence to sell cigarettes to anyone under 18 years of age. Section 64 of the Public Health Act 1997 (Tas) provides that the sale of cigarettes to children is illegal. A breach of the provisions carries a maximum fine of $5,000 for a first offence and $10,000 for a subsequent offence. It is not however an offence for an individual aged under 18 to buy cigarettes. If an individual is caught smoking or a nominated officer believes that a child has smoked they may be warned or cautioned or alternatively given information (s63(1)Public Health Act 1997). In such circumstances the child must give their name and address, the name of their parent/s and information relating to where the tobacco product was bought (s63(3)Public Health Act 1997).


It is an offence for a person under the age of 18 years to consume or possess liquor in a public place (s13Police Offences Act 1935 (Tas)).  It is an offence for a person under the age of 18 to buy, purchase for another, consume or have in their possession liquor on licensed premises. The fine is a maximum of 10 penalty units (s73Liquor Licensing Act 1990 (Tas)).

Some licensed premises may have areas designated as an area where persons under the age of 18 years may not enter or remain (s84Liquor Licensing Act). For example, some areas allow children to remain for the purposes of having a meal or if they are in the company of a parent or guardian. The area should have a sign indicating that it is a restricted area. If a police officer suspects that an offence under the Act has been committed by a young person, that person must supply their name, address and date of birth upon request. Where such provisions exist, minors must be removed from those premises.

Tattooing and Body Piercing

It is not an offence to tattoo or pierce a person under 18 years of age. However, in order for the tattooing to take place, many tattoo parlours require a permission slip to be signed by either a parent or guardian. This is an industry self-regulation issue.

Page last updated 14/12/2017

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