Clubs and communities have become more aware of the social problems that result from alcohol abuse and realise that they have a moral and legal duty of care to their members and guests to ensure they can enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

Clubs should develop ways to monitor the service of alcohol. This will help them meet their responsibilities under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act) and contribute to minimising the risk of alcohol-related harm.

The Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) training program aims to assist clubs to develop policies and procedures for the service of alcohol. The RSA program also provides clubs with the knowledge and awareness to responsibly serve alcohol in licensed premises.

 Benefits of (RSA)

Club committees should strive to avoid problems caused by intoxicated members and guests. It is in the club committee and community’s interest to minimise problem drinking to ensure that:

• The overall atmosphere of the club is pleasant

• The club enjoys a good reputation with the neighbourhood and community

• There is no damage to the club’s premises

• Potential legal problems are avoided

• There is less turnover of volunteers, and

• Police attendance is not required.

When the service of alcohol is managed responsibly, club members and visitors feel safe, and inclined to participate in club activities and events.

RSA Training Requirements

Certain club liquor licences have a condition endorsed on their licence that requires club committee members and volunteers who are responsible for the service of alcohol, to complete an approved RSA course.

It is important to check your club’s licence to see if it has a condition relating to RSA training. RSA training is an important component of a risk management strategy to minimise alcohol-related harm. It is recommended that all clubs ensure they have at least one RSA trained person when serving alcohol.

Most Club licences (restricted, limited and full for example) do not require bar servers to have their RSA but it is highly recommended.  Also if you are involved with the Good Sports program, it is a condition of that program for bar servers to have their RSA.  The Licensee must, however, have their RSA.

Refresher course

If your club has an (RSA) training condition on its licence, the club committee members must ensure that the relevant persons update their training every three years.

To update your (RSA) training knowledge, complete the (RSA) online refresher course available at www.vcglr.vic.gov.au.

If your club does not have the RSA training requirement, you should also access the (RSA) online refresher course to check your own understanding of the strategies and responsibilities you need to be aware of.

If it is not mandatory for you to have an (RSA), you are not required to do a refresher course and your (RSA) certificate is always current.  If you were to work in an area where the licence did require you to have your (RSA), you would need to do a refresher course.

(RSA) Training Register

Clubs that have an RSA training condition on their licence are also subject to the requirement to maintain an RSA training register

The register must record the:

• Name of the licensee, or if the licensee is a body corporate, the name of the person responsible for the management of the premises, and

• the name of each person involved in the supply of alcohol on the licensed premises and the date upon which each person first sold, offered for sale or served liquor on the licensed premises.

Source: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.