Working in the hospitality industry is a popular vocation for backpackers and temporary visa holders in Australia. If you are planning on a taking up a “front of house” role in a licensed venue (one that serves alcohol), you need to complete state-based competency training in the “Responsible Service of Alcohol” (RSA) before you start work.
To sell, serve or supply alcohol in Australia, you must complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training course provided by an approved training provider.
There is a national unit of competency SITHFAB002 recognised by Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
This is not sufficient in New South Wales (NSW) nor Victoria (Australia’s two most populated states).
Australia is made up of 6 States (Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia) plus several Federal Territories (including two on the mainland continent with Northern Territory and Australia’s Capital Territory).
States and Territories control alcohol licensing independently, meaning that each can make its own rules that govern the sale and supply of alcohol.
Responsible Service of Alcohol training is aligned in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory under a national unit of competency SITHFAB002.
NSW, ACT and Victoria have their own individual requirements. Whilst in NSW, ACT and Victoria you can do a course that covers the national unit of competency SITHFAB002 and the respective state’s local requirements, neither NSW, ACT nor Victoria recognise each other’s courses.
If you want Australia-wide coverage, the quickest path to coverage is:
Work In Australia can help you obtain the relevant RSA as part of our Job Ready Packages.
Completing the course is not always sufficient to then start working in venues that serve alcohol. You maybe required to also apply for a Competency Card / License for the relevant state.
With COVID came the broad availability of online RSA courses. Current rules around non-citizens of Australia and accredited training courses mean anyone completing these courses from overseas, will need a “Unique Student Identifier” (USI).
For more details on USIs, see this website.
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