Restricted area

The Pormpuraaw restricted area is the Pormpuraaw Shire and includes all public and private places.

No alcohol or homebrew and homebrew equipment is allowed in restricted areas.

It is an offence to drink in a public place anywhere in Queensland.

Alcohol restrictions

There is one licensed premise which has a Restricted Liquor Permit known as the Pormpuraaw United Brothers Sports Club. Alcohol is limited for sale and consumption on the premises as per the requirements of the permit. Takeaway sales are not permitted.

Alcohol may only be sold or supplied for drink on the club premises to:

  • club members
  • members of another club with formal reciprocal rights
  • guests of a member or reciprocal member, in the member's company.

The club must apply for a new permit to operate every 6 months. The impact of trading on alcohol-related harm levels in the community is evaluated at this time and stakeholder/community comment sought.


Maximum penalties for possessing alcohol in the restricted area are:

  • first offence 375 penalty units (currently $50,043)
  • second offence 525 penalty units (currently $70,061) or 6 months imprisonment
  • third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $100,087) or 18 months imprisonment.

Vehicles found carrying alcohol in the restricted area may be confiscated.

It is also an offence to attempt to bring alcohol into the restricted area. The maximum penalty for this offence is 375 penalty units (currently $50,043).

A maximum of 190 penalty units (currently $25,355) will apply to offenders who:

  • possess a homebrew kit or a component of a homebrew kit
  • possess equipment or a component of equipment that is being used or has been used to brew alcohol
  • possess homebrew concentrate
  • supply homemade alcohol to another person in the restricted area.

The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2,535).

These penalties apply to all people living in, travelling through, visiting or working in the restricted area.

The penalty unit from 1 July 2019 is $133.45.

Sly grog

It is illegal to sell alcohol without a licence or permit (sly grog) in Queensland. Penalties apply.

To report incidents of sly grog phone the confidential Sly Grog Hotline on 1800 500 815.

Further information

Call 13 QGOV (13 7468) for more information about alcohol limits