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Liquor Licensing: Final Quarter Effort

News & Events / Liquor Licensing: Final Quarter Effort

If you want to get anywhere in organised sport, you have to play by the rules. This goes for making progress both on and off the playing field.

Any club who wants to sell or consume alcohol on their premises must apply for a liquor license to meet the requirements of their state.

The end of the financial year is a great time for clubs to update and review their policies, making sure that they’re still in line with state standards and regulations.

Good Sports is here to help clubs do the right thing. Use this checklist to make sure that your club is on track for another successful and safe season of sport.


  1. Check your State Regulations

Official policies and procedures can often change and if you’re not careful, your club might be in the wrong without even realising it.

Check out the Licensing Laws page to find the most up-to-date information for your state or territory.

And don’t forget to renew your license every financial year.


  1. Update your club policies

Whether you have a big function coming up or it has been over a year since you’ve reviewed your policies, now is a good time to have another look over those guidelines and procedures.

When reviewing your policies, keep in mind any circumstances that may have changed at your club.

  • Have you started or stopped serving alcohol?
  • Are there any insights that your club has learned since creating the policy?
  • Are club members still aware of the policy?

We’ve just updated our Club Function Guidelines resource with more strategies for your club to consider when reviewing your existing guidelines.


  1. Refresh your training

In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for members and guests, we ask clubs to train up members in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA).

While reviewing your club’s policies, make sure to check that your club is still fulfilling the minimum requirements when it comes to liquor licensing laws and Good Sports accreditation.

  • If one of your RSA-trained members has moved on from the club, you will need to ensure there is somebody else who is trained to replace them at the bar.
  • RSA-trained members must complete a refresher course every three years to ensure their RSA certificate is still valid.

In some states and territories, clubs may need to complete additional training in order to adhere to liquor licensing regulation.


  1. Update your contact details

It’s not uncommon for committee members and club contact details to change across seasons. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for regulatory bodies to get in touch with clubs to let them know about any procedural changes or remind them about renewing their license.

Get in touch with your region’s regulatory body to inform them of any changes to the license.

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