By Annette Shailer

Mandatory responsible service of alcohol (RSA) training for NSW liquor workers is under review to strengthen its effectiveness in reducing anti-social behaviour and violence.

The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) has invited the industry and members of the public to comment on the review.

A discussion paper has been released that summarises the issues being discussed, with the RSA training review considering:

– A greater emphasis on practical issues at work rather than on legalities 
– Mandatory refresher training to keep staff up-to-date
– Recognition of interstate RSA training
– Requirements for trainers
– The establishment of an RSA certificate holder database 
– Replacing RSA certificates with photo ID to aid compliance 
– Strategies to ensure RSA practices are effectively applied on the ground

NSW Gaming and Racing minister, Kevin Greene, said that the state was the first in Australia to introduce mandatory RSA training and that the review was aimed at further maximising its effectiveness.

“This wide-ranging review will examine a range of issues to identify ways to enhance the RSA training scheme and the benefits it provides to frontline liquor workers,” Minister Greene said.

“The Rees Government has already commissioned TAFE NSW to develop an online RSA training course, which will benefit those who have difficulty attending the classroom – particularly people in rural areas. It’s expected to be launched later this year.”

The deadline for submissions is August 21.


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