Statutory Framework of RSA Laws in NSW

Responsible Service of AlcoholThe statutory framework for the sale and supply of liquor in NSW is the Liquor Act 2007 that regulates licensed venues and those who operate them, and when and how liquor is sold.

All the various State and Territory Liquor Acts aim to ensure that alcohol is sold by responsible people; that liquor venues are operated in a way that does not disturb other residents, and that the possible harmful effects of alcohol are minimised or avoided.

Therefore, the liquor laws determine:

  • WHERE liquor can be sold – on licensed premises

  • WHEN alcohol can be consumed – on licensed premises

  • HOW liquor can be sold – the trading conditions that apply to various types of licensed premises

  • WHO can consume alcohol – adults

In regulating the sale of liquor, sanctions apply for breaches of the liquor laws that may range from a reprimand, a fine through a suspension or cancellation of a liquor licence.

Each State and Territory in Australia has its own liquor authority that administers the liquor laws. This includes the implementation of the law, issuing of licences, checking licensees’ personal and criminal histories (probity) and enforcing the law.

The responsible service of alcohol means: complying with the law by serving liquor responsibly and legally; by looking after patrons; and, by being aware of the rights of neighbours and the general community to remain undisturbed by the operation of the venue.

Licensees have an obligation under the liquor laws to:

  • Minimise the harm associated with liquor abuse;

  • Encourage responsible attitudes towards the sale and consumption of liquor; and

  • Ensure the sale and consumption of liquor contributes to, and does not detract from, the amenity of community life.

Working in the hospitality industry carries responsibilities. Responsibility for the general public is not just the concern of the licensee. Staff can also be held accountable for their actions. This statutory training course is designed to ensure that you are aware of your role and responsibilities as well as the penalties that can arise from irresponsible service.

Knowledge of the liquor laws will help RSA staff avoid situations caused by alcohol abuse and misuse. It will also help you identify potential compliance risks at your venue, and how to take action to prevent abuses from occurring.

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