Amendments to the Liquor Regulation 2018 (NSW) recently came into effect, requiring licensees and approved managers to undertake special training.
The new conditions are in addition to the existing requirements to hold responsible service of alcohol (RSA) and responsible conduct of gambling certification.
There are two new mandatory training courses: a licensee course and an advanced licensee course. Generally, all licensees and approved managers will be required to complete the licensee course.
Licensees and approved managers of venues authorised to trade after midnight will also be required to complete the advanced course.
The licensee course takes a minimum of six hours to complete, while the advanced course is scheduled to take at least four more hours. Training must be conducted by a registered training organisation approved by Liquor Gaming NSW to conduct this mandatory training. A list can be found on LGNSW's website.
For new licensees and approved managers appointed to their current role since September 1 last year, training must be completed prior to May 30. This includes experienced licensees and approved managers appointed to their current role via a liquor licence transfer since September 1, 2018. For licensees and approved managers appointed to their roles prior to September 1, 2018, training must be completed prior to their existing RSA competency card expiring. Mandatory licensee course refresher training must be conducted every five years.
Anyone seeking to effectuate future liquor licence transfers should ensure that the proposed licensee or approved manager has completed the appropriate mandatory training before lodging the transfer application, and that this has been endorsed on their RSA competency card.