When do I have to do the RSA course?

It is mandatory for certain staff involved in the Australian liquor and gaming industries to have obtained the appropriate certification in the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) within a limited time after first starting work.

  • In QLD, RSA training must be completed within 30 days of starting work.
  • In WA, club staff engaged in the sale, supply or service of liquor have 28 days from the date they commence employment/volunteer in that capacity to complete the course.
  • In SA and TAS, an RSA must be obtained within 3 months of starting employment. In SA, security personnel must have an RSA before starting work.
  • In the ACT, a Staff Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) must be obtained before starting work.
  • In NT, employees need to have an RSA certificate within seven days of starting work at licensed premises.
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