If your teen is planning an end-of-year get together with their mates, the NSW Police website MyNite.com.au has some excellent tips, including how to register your party to help prevent things getting out of hand.
The number one tip is never to advertise a private party on Facebook or other social networks. Uninvited visitors are increasingly a problem at teenage parties. By giving the local police a heads-up at least 72 hours prior to the party, they'll be better prepared to help out if you need them to. There are obviously a lot of parties this time of year, and it helps with resourcing when police stations have an idea where and when they're happening. It could also make getting an ambulance to your address faster, should an emergency happen.
Remember to inform police if your party is postponed, relocated or cancelled.
Alcohol laws in NSW
If your child's guests are under 18 years old, it's against the law to serve them alcohol. If you supply alcohol to, or obtain alcohol for, anyone under 18 it's a hefty fine of $5500 or $11,000 and/or 12 months prison in aggravated circumstances. This law applies to anyone who provides alcohol to anyone under 18 – even minors.
It seems obvious, but make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and enough food for all. This is especially important if you do have some guests who are legally allowed to drink. Although food doesn't prevent intoxication, it does slow down the rate that alcohol is absorbed into the system.
Also make sure your teen's guests have organised safe transport home well ahead of time.Remind P plate drivers they have a zero alcohol limit.