Our refusal to sell to those in school uniform is a voluntary policy adopted by our stores on a nationwide level. This is designed with the best interests of the community in mind and we actively pursue such harm minimisation strategies and initiatives in terms of alcohol safety as part of our responsible service of alcohol strategy. The legal basis of this policy stems from our rights, as a retailer, to refuse service. This is permitted so long as the business is not refusing service based on an attribute covered by anti-discrimination law such as age, sexual orientation, race, or disability. Our school uniform policy is not considered to be discriminatory in line with the relevant Australian Government guidelines, rather as a pro-active and responsible effort designed to safeguard the local community.
Serving young persons in a school uniform can give our stores and team members a poor image and heighten community concerns over secondary supply. Likewise, school students are frequently in the company of other school students and we have no ability to discern whether the alcohol will be passed to minors. We would also note that we are happy to serve the customer, if they come back in normal clothing and can produce a valid form of identification to prove they are over the age of 18 and they are not in the company of minors.
Similarly, if a customer who is a teacher or is an educational staff member who wears a shirt or jumper etc. that shows a school logo can be refused service under the school uniform policy.
Additionally, our school uniform policy is not required to be displayed in-store as this is an internal and voluntary policy, as such it is not governed by any such conditions.
Last Updated: 31st July 2020