Why do a RSA, Responsible Service
of Alcohol course?
It is a legal requirement throughout Australia that anyone who works in
licensed premises such as a pub, bar, restaurant or nightclub, complete
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training prior to commencing work.
An example of an approved Western Australia online RSA course.
Each state in Australia has its own liquor legislation and its own RSA
accreditation particular to that state.
This means that many backpackers or working travellers will need to get
more than one RSA certificate to work across Australia. Doing the short
course online allows you to get the certification before you arrive in
Australia, plus reduces your costs.
In Western Australia, courses can be completed online and on location
at an approved registered training organisation.
Question: What certification do I need to
possess to have a valid RSA for WA?
Answer: RSA Statement of
Once you have the statement
You will need to show a hard copy of your statement of attainment when
you apply for any job involving alcohol. Don’t be fooled by someone who
tells you to borrow your friends or just make one up, it won't work.
Why do I need it?
You’ll learn more about this in the course.
However, the main principles are knowing how to participate in
responsible service practices. It is a vital resource for staff to
ensure that alcohol is served and consumed in as socially-responsible
and consumer-friendly manner as possible.
Are their fines or penalties?
YES - Venues in each state are randomly audited by the relevant state
liquor authority, and if you’re working when this happens your employer
will be expected to show your statement of attainment on the spot. The
RLG then checks to see if they’re all valid.
If the venue is found to have workers who do not possess the required
training (RSA) they’ll be fined and risk losing their liquor license.
The penalties are huge for venues, and so they don’t waste any time
interviewing people who haven’t done this course.
What will an RSA course cover?
The information provided in your RSA course will help you understand
the role of your employers in complying with the legislation, and your
role and responsibilities when serving drinks containing alcohol to
The RSA Course will teach you to:
Identify customers to whom service should be refused.
Definition of Drunkenness.
Prepare and serve alcoholic beverages responsibly.
Assist customers to drink within appropriate limits.
What will I be tested on?
There will be interactive activities throughout some online courses
that aren’t assessed. These are to provide you with quick feedback and
to help see if you understand the information.
The following is an example of a bar activity:
Your ability to apply the requirements of responsible
service of alcohol legislation to beverage service situations.
Your understanding of the consequences of non compliance in
relation to the legislation on the business and individual staff
Your ability to apply the knowledge of Responsible Service
of Alcohol and harm minimization to beverage service situations.
Jobs you can apply for once you have your RSA:
Anything really in the Hospitality Industry that relates to
Bar Attendant at Pubs, Sports Clubs, Night Clubs, and Bowls
Clubs any location serving alcohol in Western Australia.
Cellar Hand on a winery, promotions where they offer free
Food and Beverage Attendant
Bottle Shop Attendant
Promotional staff (events or shows with alcohol that’s paid
for or that’s offered free)