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What You Need To Know About Serving Alcohol To Minors

Western Australian authorities recently announced that serving alcohol to minors without the consent of their parents would result in a fine of up to $10,000. Similar laws exist elsewhere in the nation. Even teenagers who just turned 18 and plan on providing alcohol to their underage friends are liable for the fine.

If you work in a licensed venue, it is your responsibility to ask for proof of age every time you serve alcohol to a customer that looks like they may be a minor. Experienced hospitality workers ask anyone who looks under 23 for their ID, this way minors that may look older than their actual age don’t slip through the cracks and accidentally get served alcohol.

Servers of alcohol, whether experienced full time employees of a licensed venue or a backpacker that’s new to the country and industry must complete Responsible Service of Alcohol training and be in possession of a RSA certificate as proof of having done so.

When you complete the RSA course you will learn how to serve alcohol in a socially responsible manner and what the law says about alcohol. You will also learn that under RSA law, serving alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 in Australia carries major fines not just for the server but their managers and the licensee.

 Bar staff should check IDs before serving alcohol to avoid making the mistake of providing alcohol to minors which carries monetary fines but may also see the offender facing criminal charges.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Training Available Online

All it takes is one lapse in judgement to result in a major fine which is why every employee in a licensed venue must undergo RSA training to learn about what the law says about serving alcohol responsibly and how to enforce RSA regulations.

Although most often RSA staff don’t purposely break responsible service of alcohol legislation, they do make mistakes which could land both them and their employer in serious trouble.

Be extra vigilant when the bar is busy because during these times many bartenders fail to ask for identification, especially when they have a bar full of impatient customers to serve. These small lapses in judgement can have massive consequences.

Completing Responsible Service of Alcohol training through us is the preferred way to do this mandatory course because it is hassle-free. Servers now have access to the distance learning RSA course in NSW  which makes completing the course at home more convenient and affordable. There is no added expense of travelling to a training institute because the course can be completed from the comfort of your living room, office or wherever you choose, anytime day or night.


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