Start your own Liquor Accord – Part 1

The first step in starting your own liquor AccordBefore implementing your own Accord, it’s important to consider a variety of elements to ensure its success.  Seeking legal advice on the implementations of trade practices laws and other requirements is a great first step before adopting liquor Accord strategies.  Keep reading to find out more about the basics in starting a liquor Accord.

Start Local

When starting an Accord, you must consider the effects at a local level.  Common issues such as transport, residential areas and “problem patron” offences are ever present, so this is a good opportunity to establish common interest in identifying solutions.

Define the Accord Area

Setting geographical boundaries is usually the best method in determining how much area the Accord will cover.  For example, a council may decide to form an Accord that will cover the local government area.  In order for the Accord to remain relevant and easily managed, it must be local.

Get the right people involved

To ensure the long-term success of the Accord, a critical factor includes enlisting the right people and maintaining their support.

This list of stakeholders are ideal examples:

  • Liquor licensees

  • Police

  • Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

  • Emergency Services

  • Your local council

  • Business and community leaders 

  • Neighbourhood watch

  • Body corporate managers

  • Transport providers

  • Entertainment or sporting clubs and venues

Forming an Accord is an ideal method of providing a forum for these stakeholders to help you create a better community.

RMLV training is an excellent way to get more information on Liquor Accords as well as learning how your venue can function better as a business and gain the support of your community.  Stay tuned for the second part in this blog series of forming your own Accord.