In Red Tape by Clyde Mooney

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Liquor & Gaming NSW has announced new compulsory training for all licensees and managers of licensed venues across NSW.

The courses are expected to run for one day, available either face-to-face or online, with assessment at the end, and will be introduced gradually to facilitate attendance, starting Q4 of this year.

They will build on current Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training and be tiered to reflect level of responsibility, incorporating the legalities of licensed venues, licence requirements and management best-practise, with an advanced and more comprehensive program designed for venue managers with significant obligations and responsibilities

The new training framework intends to prepare venue management staff for the challenges of operations, while “ensuring a vibrant and safe hospitality scene”.

It fills a void left by the discontinuing of the licensee course offered through TAFE, and the regulator says it has been designed in consultation with industry, police and health organisations.

The Licensee training will be available to all hospitality workers, offering professional development and providing career pathways.

“This new initiative recognises that managing a hotel, bar, restaurant, club or other venue serving alcohol is an important job with a lot of responsibility,” explained Minister for Racing Paul Toole.