HG Alert: Deadline Approaching for Approved Managerís Licences and Training Certificates - 5 Mar 2010

Amendments to the Liquor Act 1992 on 1 January 2009 introduced Approved Manager’s Licences for those people responsible for the day to day operations of licensed premises, instead of the Nominees who had previously carried out this task.

The transitional provisions of the Act allow people who were approved Nominees as of 1 January 2009 to be deemed as Approved Managers without having to apply to be an Approved Manager, and subsequently without undertaking the Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Management of Licensed Venues training courses. This special dispensation for Nominees only applies until 30 June 2010.

To obtain approval as an Approved Manager, applicants need to make an application to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, pay the required fee, undergo police checks to satisfy the Office that they are fit and proper to be approved, and provide evidence that they have completed the RSA and RMLV training courses.

Any previous Nominees who still operate as deemed Approved Managers must apply to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation to become an Approved Manager by 30 June 2010. As it could take up to two months to process applications, Nominees should apply to the Office before 30 April 2010 to make sure that their application is approved before their deemed Approved Manager status expires.

The Act also states that it is a requirement for all staff who are involved in the service or supply of liquor at the premises to hold an approved RSA training course certificate.

Again, the transitional provisions of the Act allow for members of staff, who as at 1 January 2009 did not hold a RSA training course certificate and are involved in the service and supply of alcohol, to be exempt from the requirement to hold a RSA training course certificate. However, this exemption expires on 30 June 2010, and licensees need to ensure they make arrangements for relevant staff to complete their RSA training course (if they have not already done so) and obtain their certificates before 30 June 2010.

It is essential that licensees comply with these requirements, as failure to do so could result in substantial fines.

For more information about Approved Manager’s Licences and the training courses, please contact HopgoodGanim’s Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming team.