Local laws and penalties in relation to drugs and alcohol will apply to you while you are visiting Queensland.  To ensure you have a great time in Queensland, please take the time to learn about Queensland laws.


  • You must be aged 18 years or older to drink alcohol in licensed premises in Queensland.
  • You should carry identification to prove you are at least 18 years old; otherwise you may be refused entry to licensed premises.
  • Four forms of identification that are acceptable in licensed venues are a current passport, a current driver’s licence or learner’s permit with photo and date of birth, Australian government issued proof-of-age card (18+ Card) or Victorian Keypass.
  • Any licensed premises staff are allowed to refuse you entry to the licensed premises for any reason.
  • Generally, it is an offence:
    • to drink alcohol or possess an opened alcoholic drink in a public place.
    • to be drunk in licensed premises and a public place.
    • for bar staff to serve someone who is drunk.
    • to supply a person under the age of 18 with alcohol
    • to send someone under the age of 18 to buy alcohol.
    • to allow another person to use your identification to buy alcohol.
  • A 3am lockout applies to all late-trading licensed premises in Queensland.  This means that the entry or re-entry of patrons to a licensed premise after 3am is not permitted.  For example, if you leave to go outside for a smoke, to move your car, or to meet up with your friends, you cannot be allowed back inside the venue.  However, if you are already inside the premises you may remain until the premises closes.  Closing times may vary in each premise.

For more information:

The Queensland Government, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation offers a wide range of information and fact sheets on minors, alcohol and the law.  For more information go to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation website, www.olgr.qld.gov.au            


  • In Queensland it is illegal to possess illicit or dangerous drugs, such as cannabis, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine or ecstasy.
  • A drug conviction can result in imprisonment, deportation from Australia, or your visa being cancelled.

    For more information:

    The Australian Drug Foundation provides more information on drugs, including drug laws in Australia, on their website www.druginfo.adf.org.au.

    You can also look at the Queensland Police Service booklets on Alcohol, drugs & the law: for young people​ and Alcohol, drugs & the law: for parents for more information. 


  • It is an offence to sell or supply tobacco products to people under 18 years of age.
  • It is illegal for anyone under 18 years to purchase tobacco products.
  • Local Councils can designate public places as smoke free.  For example, Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall is smoke free.  Signage will identify non-smoking areas.
  • There is no-smoking anywhere inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces in Queensland.  This includes commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas.  Some licensed premises may designate an outdoor smoking area, where smoking and drinking may occur.  If unsure about where you are allowed to smoke, ask staff at the venue.
  • There is no-smoking in outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, near public children’s playground equipment, in major sport stadiums or within 4 metres of any entrance to a non-residential building.
  • It is an offence to smoke in a motor vehicle if a person under 16 years of age is in the vehicle.

For more information: 

The Queensland Government, Queensland Health website Smoking Laws for Smokers has further information on Queensland’s tobacco laws.