The debate concerning liquor management in the country began in 2012 with the alcohol-related murder of teenager Tom Kelly. Many adopted the theory that government should intervene and initiate legislation in attempts at resolving alcohol induced crime. More recently, the attack and tragic death of Sydney teenager Daniel Christie ushered in a number of changes to licensing and sentencing laws. While some welcome the changes, others believe the laws fall short of conquering the problem. Some of the recent measures put into place include:
- Bar sales ending at 3:00 A.M. in Kings Cross and Sydney
- Facilities must lockout at 1:30 A.M.
- Packaged liquor outlets must close at 10:00 P.M.
- A freeze on new liquor licenses
- A mandatory eight-year sentence for alcohol-related deaths
- $150 to $500 fines for offensive language or behaviour
Online RSA training was also undergoing trials in the state of New South Wales, but this training was suspended.
New Law Proponents
Peter Miller told “The Conversation” that the new mandates set an example for other states and state leaders. The new laws will hopefully establish a trend in the country’s culture with respect to alcohol-related violence. Miller and associates at Deaking University performed studies that indicate alcohol often fuels violent crime. However, the researchers found that the prevalence increases on individual levels. The Premiere strongly believes that the new measures send a message that it is no longer acceptable to consume alcohol or illicit substances and engage in violent crimes against others. Victims of such crimes and their loved ones are happy to see the legislation changes.
Opponents of the New Laws
Others are not as optimistic that the new legislation will have much of an impact on recent events. Entrepreneur John Ibrahim, for example, shared that he did not believe that the new laws would alter the behaviour of today’s youth. Many also believe that punishing the majority because of the actions of a select few is misguided at best. Contrary to headlines published across various media pages, Kings Cross and Sydney are not filled with people who cannot hold their liquor or who incite violent acts.
The expense involved in going to public bars, pubs and nightclubs leads many to pre-drink, which many suggest contributes to the alcohol-related problems. Citizens also advise that without public transportation after 2:00 A.M. the likelihood of inebriated people in the streets is more likely. Some also suggest an increase in police presence on weekends to deter inappropriate behaviour. Other recommendations include facility owners banning individuals displaying habitual offensive or violent behaviour.
Importance of RSA Training
Australia requires that anyone wishing to gain employment in a bar, club, pub or restaurant that serves alcohol in the country must complete Responsible Service of Alcohol or RSA training. Each state within the country has individual requirements for training and certification. Training is available online, which saves time and money while offering convenience. Be aware that working in more than one Australian state may require a separate certificate for each state.
Only certain states allow online online RSA training and certification.
The states are:
- Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
- South Australia-SA
- Western Australia-WA
New South Wales had a program running, but this was suspended recently as part of the reforms.
Check out this page for more information about Queensland RSAs done online.
RSA courses are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide responsible service in establishments that serve or sell alcohol. Completing a course and obtaining certification protects employers, employees and the public against breaches of the Liquor Act. The training acts as a framework for responsible serving practices. The many topics covered while taking an RSA course include:
* RSA history, laws and legislation
* Understanding the effects alcohol has after consumption
* Prevention of serving or selling alcohol to minors
* Intoxicated and disorderly patrons
* Responsible practices and alcohol promotions
* Refusing service or venue entry