Maintaining RSA register no longer mandatory

The requirement for a licensee to maintain a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) register is no longer mandatory in the state of Tasmania.

The legal change took effect 1 October 2018. Instead, a licensee is required to retain a copy of the RSA certificate issued to any staff member involved in the sale and service of liquor, or evidence of a staff member’s enrolment in an approved course.

Licensees now have the option to keep the records electronically. Licensees will still need to be able to produce the certificates, or evidence of enrolment, when required.

Notice issued by the Commissioner for Licensing, Jonathon Root, under section 46A of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 spells out the new requirements:

“IN accordance with section 46A of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990, the COMMISSIONER FOR LICENSING hereby requires that a licensee or permit holder must keep records on the licensed premises or permit premises as follows:

1. A copy of the certificate issued to any person involved in the sale and service of liquor after successfully completing an approved RSA course;

2. Evidence of enrolment in an approved RSA course for an employee, which will be conducted within three months from the day in which the person was permitted to serve liquor.”

The change follows similar amendments to RSA requirements in the state of Victoria that took effect in July 2018.

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