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RSA certificate in Australia

Before being able to work in places where alcohol is served in Australia, it is a legal requirement that you complete Responsible Service of Alcohol training. Therefore, if you intend to work in a bar, restaurant, bottle shop or even a nightclub you will need to get a RSA Certificate.

What is a RSA certificate?

The RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) is a certificate showing that you know the regulations concerning alcohol consumption in Australia. It is a requirement if you want to work in hospitality.

Mandatory in all states, you obtain your RSA by taking part in a special course. With this certificate you are allowed to work in all places where alcohol is served or sold (restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, bottle shops).

During the RSA training, you will learn to serve alcohol responsibly by identifying intoxicated customers and underage drinkers. This course will also bring awareness and prevention of drink driving. It will help you to understand the regulations regarding alcohol and its consumption in Australia. You will also learn to measure standard drinks and legally sell and serve alcohol.

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How much does a RSA certificate cost?

Rates vary between $40 and $160 depending on the package chosen and the state where it is done. For all states except Victoria, the RSA can be completed online. Here are the costs to complete your RSA, including our discounts:

  • Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, ACT, TAS, Northern Territory: $24 online
  • Victoria: $50 to $150 online only during Covid 19 Pandemic
  • New South Wales: $125 online and $150 in classroom


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How to get your RSA certificate?

To get your certificate, you can do the course in a classroom in specialised training centres or just do it online.

The Online training is self-paced. So you have the freedom to take breaks whenever you need or want to. Once completed, you can download your certificate directly. To complete the test, you have access to numerous documents and videos. It’s possible to do the entire course online. We recommend the accredited company Express Online Training (RTO 40592), which have several offers for different states (RSA – Provide responsible service of alcohol – SITHFAB002).

If you are in Sydney and would like to attend a centre to get your certificate, we recommend the  accredited company Edway (RTO 91401). The training will take you a day and you will leave the centre with your certificate in hands.

If you are in Victoria, you can now get your RSA Victoria online. Indeed during the Covid 19 pandemic, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has given authority to some companies to provide online virtual classes. You can decide to go with RSA Melbourne ($60 – includes VCGLR Certificate), fully accredited.

Get your RSA in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory

You can easily get your RSA online in the States: QLD, WA, SA, ACT, TAS and NT. We recommend the company EOT which is offering a discount for our readers.


  • Short Phone Assessment
  • Available 24/7
  • Automatically save your progress
  • Stop & Resume at any time
  • Download & Print Certificate
  • Don’t need speakers or headphones

For New South Wales

It’s possible to do the entire course online or to do it in a classroom. However, the RSA course in New South Wales differs from the other courses provided in other states or territories. So if you want to work in hospitality in NSW, you will have to obtain the NSW RSA certificate, which is only valid in this state.

Should you wish to do your training online, we recommend the company EOT which is offering a discount for our readers. You can also choose to get your RSA in a classroom if you are in Sydney. In this case, we recommend you use Edway Training for a $5 discount.

RSA NSW Online with EOT


  • EOT is Fully NSW Gov Accredited
  • At-Home Course – No Classroom
  • Only pay if you pass
  • Price includes cost of NSW Competency Card
  • Short Audio Assessment
  • Stop & Resume at any time
  • Download & Print Interim Certificate
  • Don’t need speakers or headphones

Important note

You are required to create a USI number (Unique Student Identifier) for the completion of the course. It is free and easy. You can create this number even if you are on a Working Holiday visa. To get your USI, simply visit  https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi.
You can only get this number if you are in Australia as it is linked to your passport number and visa. 

RSA Sydney in Classroom with Edway

Many choose to do their RSA in Sydney in a classroom. Sometimes it is just easier if you don’t travel with a laptop or have a stable internet connection. For those travellers, we recommend doing your RSA in Sydney with Edway (RTO 91401). The training centers are located in the CBD in Darlinghurst, Seven Hills and Mona Vale. The training will take you a day but you will leave the centre with your certificate in hands. All Australia Backpacker readers receive a discount of $5.
Use the Code: ABGENRSANSW at checkout when you book online.

RSA Victoria

In normal times, in the state of Victoria you cannot get your RSA certificate online. The training takes one day and you will get your certificate at the end of the day.

Update Covid-19 : Temporary change of conditions during the COVID-19 crisis and online (virtual) classrooms are temporary approved to get your RSA Victoria.

Virtual classroom with RSA Melbourne

We advise you to get your RSA with the company RSA Melbourne, approved by Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to deliver the RSA Course via online (virtual) classroom during the COVID-19 crisis. The course cost $50 and includes your VCGLR Certificate. You can book your RSA Virtual Classroom easily using the below link. Just click on the link and choose a date: 

More Info: Get your RSA in Victoria


Make sure to go to a certified center. To do this, go to: www.myskills.gov.au with a list of all the certified centres.

Is the RSA certificate valid all over Australia?

As the law surrounding the sale and service of alcohol vary from state to state, the RSA is not the same everywhere. Indeed, each state has it own liquor licensing requirements, therefore you cannot get a RSA certificate that is valid for all over Australia.

In normal times, the state of Victoria allows training only in classrooms and not online. However, because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation now authorised some companies to provide online training for RSA Victoria. Please be aware that for holders of an RSA certificate obtained in another state, you can update it on the internet (RSA Refresher) and therefore avoid a new training in its entirety for Victoria (conditions apply).

Do I really need a RSA certificate?

If you want to work in a place where alcohol is sold or served, it is a legal requirement that you complete the RSA training. You must have your RSA certificate before you start work in the RSA industry.

By not completing your RSA training, you will not be able to secure a job in hospitality. So we recommend you to spend the money and get the RSA. The cost of training is affordable and will be repaid quickly once you find a job in this field. You can also claim the expenses of your RSA when doing your tax return. As these fees are considered to be work-related expenses, they are tax-deductible!

When should I get my RSA?

You should complete the course before looking for a job in hospitality. It will give you more chances to find a job. If you do not have an RSA certificate when starting your job, you may get fined as it is illegal to work without an RSA (fines vary by states).