Fact-sheet: The Importance of RSA

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Every year over 70,000 Australians are directly affected by alcohol-related violence. Risky drinking kills more than 60 Australians a week and puts another 1500 in hospital because of preventable injury or disease.

Good Sports is working to reduce the harm caused by risky drinking, which is why Responsible Service of Alcohol training for sports clubs is such an integral part of the program.


What do you learn at RSA training?

  • Liquor licensing laws i.e. it is an offence to supply alcohol to a person in a state of intoxication.
  • How to identify when someone is intoxicated.
  • What to do if someone is intoxicated and receive advice on how best to refuse service – this is particularly important where club members are serving teammates, friends or family.
  • How to manage club functions in relation to alcohol.
  • Strategies that can be used to help ensure club members do not become intoxicated at your club.


The RSA principles which clubs need to remember are:

  • Recognise and refuse liquor service to intoxicated patrons.
  • Drunk or disorderly patrons are not allowed on premises.
  • Do not supply liquor to anyone under 18.
  • Discourage patrons from taking part in activities that may cause harm to themselves and others.

If you serve alcohol at your club, the more members you have RSA trained, the more likely you are to avoid problems.

Club members that have been RSA trained know the rules and regulations around what the club can and can’t do in relation to alcohol. Whether they are serving behind the bar or not, they are more likely to set a good example and discourage behaviour that could jeopardise the club’s liquor licence and reputation.

Keep your eye on the Good Sports events page to find upcoming RSA courses in your area.

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