RSA Melbourne

Completing Your RSA in Melbourne

Obtaining your RSA-Victoria Certificate in Melbourne is compulsory if you intend to work in a licensed premises. There are no specific Certificates called “RSA Melbourne”, however if you want to work in the state of Victoria and specifically Melbourne, then The Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Victorian Certificate is the required Certificate. The course is aimed to ensure that staff working on a licensed premises serving alcohol have the knowledge and skills to ensure that people enjoy a safe environment.

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Where Can You Do Your RSA Course in Melbourne?

We recommend you checkout this Melbourne Training provider. They are the cheapest training providers in Melbourne and are accredited by the necessary authorities.

What is involved in an RSA Course?

All staff involved in the supply of alcohol for packaged liquor, on-premises, general or a late night license are required to obtain their RSA certificate. The certificate aims to ensure that staff have the knowledge and tools to deal with issues that can occur on a licensed premises.

This includes

  • Dealing with intoxicated and/or difficult patrons RSA in Melbourne
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Important facts relating to alcohol
  • Ensuring a safe environment for staff and their patrons
  • Alcohol and the legal ramifications
  • Improving the atmosphere of the venue.
  • Confirming all staff know who is responsible for RSA

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Do You Have to Get A Victorian RSA

Certificate to Work In Melbourne?

Yes. It is compulsory for all staff who are serving alcohol in a licensed premises to have an accredited Victorian RSA Certificate. It is also mandatory for the venue to employ RSA qualified staff, if it is a condition or requirement on their liquor license.

Please Note: The Certificate called “Nationally Recognised RSA Certificate” is NOT accepted in Melbourne or anywhere in Victoria, nor will an online RSA certification be accepted. You can however, complete a refresher course online. For more information on refresher courses, please follow this RSA refresher link to another page on this website.

What Will An RSA-Victoria

Cost to complete in Melbourne?

The cost of an RSA certificate can vary significantly between training providers. The price does not necessarily determine the quality of the training, but please be careful of companies that are a lot cheaper than other companies because they may not be approved by the necessary authorities. I would expect that you would pay between $50-$80 for an RSA Course in Melbourne.

If you have any concerns as to whether a company is approved by certain authorities then please feel free to post a comment on this page with the company you have chosen and we’ll get one of our staff members to check it out for you.

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Who Has To Complete an RSA Certificate to work in Melbourne?

All staff that are involved in the service, supply and sale of alcohol must complete their RSA certificate. This includes but is not limited to

  • Bar Staff
  • Floor Staff
  • Supervisors
  • Licensees
  • Volunteers

How long do I have before I have to do an
RSA course after starting work?

All newly hired staff and employees (applicable in all states and territories of Australia) are given a maximum of 30 days before they are required to complete an RSA course and in turn behold a valid RSA Certificate.  This allows them to start working while accomplishing the RSA course at the same time.

What will happen if I don’t complete an RSA course?

All employees of licensed premises are given a leniency of up to 30 days to acquire an RSA certificate as soon as they start working.  However, if a staff or employee is still unable to obtain an RSA certificate after those 30 days, he or she should is asked by his or her employee to stop working.  If you continue to work in any bar without a valid RSA certificate, then you are increasing your risk of committing a serious offence which will end up in fines and charges.

What if I have completed an RSA course
from an unapproved training provider?

If you have completed an RSA course form an unapproved training provider, it is likely you will have to retake the whole RSA course.  This is because the training you have obtained from that training provider is generally neither valid nor recognized by the legal authorities.

What happens if I fail?

If a participant makes a mistake, most training providers allow them to re-do the assessment of up to 4 times.  If he or she continues to fail, they will need to meet with instructors or contact support for a review of the issue.

What If I Am Underage?

If you want to work in a bar in Melbourne, you must be over the age of 18. You can complete your RSA certificate if you are under the age of 18, however you must wait until you are over 18 to use it. Checkout this Melbourne training provider – they will allow you to complete the course if you are under 18.

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About Jaimee

Jaimee has spent several years in the hospitality industry, managing licensed venues on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. She knows first hand the importance of staff and managers completing their RSA certificate. Please feel free to ask her any questions you have about working in the hospitality industry or about completing your RSA certification in any state within Australia.