Student Outcome
  • -Able to identify acceptable forms of identification (ID)
  • -Able to understand the information on various forms of identification (ID)
  • -Able to calculate the age of a person from information on ID cards

Proof of Age

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    Identification Documents

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    When working in licensed premises you have a legal requirement not to serve people under the age of 18.

    People entering a bar must be able to prove they are 18 years old or over.

    They can do this by showing proof of age.

    This can be a:

    • Driver Licence
    • Learner Driver Licence
    • Proof of Age card
    • Passport

    A Driver Licence, Learner Driver Licence, Proof of Age card and passport all show photo ID, name, and date of birth. These are approved documents and can verify that a person can legally stay on the premises and consume alcohol.

    Other ID cannot be accepted unless your organisation has a policy to do so.

    Once ID is shown you must check that documents belong to that person, and do a quick calculation of the age.

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    Calculating Age

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    To efficiently check an ID you need to be able to count in tens - this is known as the Rule of Ten.

    Eg Ray was born in 1992, add ten to 2002, add another 10 to 2012, which is the current year. Ray is 20 years old so is allowed on the licensed premises.

    Rachel was born in 1996. 1996 plus 10 gets you to 2006 and only another 6 years to 2012. So Rachel is 16 and cannot stay on the licensed premises.

    Christine's ID shows her birthday as 28 December 1994. 1994 plus ten gets you to 2004. Add 8 more years to get to 2012. BUT is she 18 yet? It's the 23rd of November so her birthday is not for another month and five days. Christine also has to leave the licensed premises.

    Paul was also born in 1994 but in the month of March so he is already 18 and can legally enter the licensed premises.

    REMEMBER - When checking someone's age go from the year of birth and count up in tens until you approach the current year. Then add the remaining years. For example, born in 1968 - 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008, then 5 more years to 2013. This person, born in 1968, is 45 years old.

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    Signage in Licensed Premises

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    There are 2 parts in this section.

    1. The Glossary

    The glossary lists the more difficult words related to the topic in alphabetical order. The glossary also gives the meaning for each word.

    2. Look, Cover, Write, Check!

    This activity gives you practice at remembering and writing the words from the glossary.

  • The Glossary

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    Every patron in a hotel or licensed premises must have identification (ID) to show they are at least 18 years of age to purchase alcoholic drinks.

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  • Do It: The 4 Main ID's

    The 4 main identification cards (also known as ID cards) are:

    • Australian Driver's Licence
    • Learner's Driving Permit
    • Passport
    • Proof of Age Card (18+ Card)
  • Do It: Understanding ID Cards

    There are different types of identification to demonstrate proof of age. Although all types will have the same basic information, this information will be presented differently on each ID. Let's look at the four main ID's and where to find the information needed to verify authenticity and age.

  • Do It: Calculating Age

    To check ID's you need to be able to count by 10's in your head. This is known as the rule of 10. For example if a person is born in 1991 and the current year is 2011, the easiest way to check their age is to count in 10's from the birth year.

    Example: 1991 (+10) = 2001 (+10) = 2011 (current year)
    Therefore this person is 20 years old.

    If however, a person was born in 1986 and the current year was 2011 how old would they be?

    Example: 1986 (+10) = 1996 (+10) = 2006 (+5) = 2011 (current year)
    Therefore this person is 25 years old.

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Check It Quiz

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Proof of Age
  • Introduction
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Look, Cover, Write, Check!

Try to memorise the following word.
When you are ready, click the mouse in the textbox below and try to spell the word correctly.
  • patron
  • ID
  • authentic
  • Australian driver's licence
  • proof of age card
  • legal
  • licensed premises
  • calculate
  • passport

The 4 Main ID's

Match the identification card to the image.

Understanding ID Cards

Click on the name
Click on the licence number
Click on the date of birth
Click on the expiry date
Click on the signature
Select the correct Date of Birth from the options below.
Select the correct Expiry Date from the options below.
21 January 2012
2 July 2000
21 July 2012
Using the Passport as a reference, type the information in the correct boxes below.
Name: Date of Birth: Expiry Date:

Calculating Age

Let's have a practice of counting in 10's. Fill in the blanks.
1980 1990
1985 2005
1973 2003
1972 1982
1966 2006
Today is the 16th of September 2011. Rachel is:
Today is the 16th of September 2011. Paul is:
Today is the 16th of September. Based on the information on his Driver Licence, is Ray of legal drinking age?
Yes, he is over 18
No, he is not yet 18
Today is the 16th of September. Based on the information on his Driver Licence, is Christine of legal drinking age?
Yes, she is over 18
No, she is not yet 18