If you want to work in hospitality and the venue is selling alcohol, you will need to obtain your RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol). This certificate is mandatory in Victoria. Working in a bar is a great way to finance your Backpacker journey. In this article, we will introduce everything you need to know about the RSA in Victoria.
What is an RSA certificate?
The RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) is a certificate showing that you know the regulations concerning alcohol consumption in Australia. It is mandatory if you want to work in hospitality.
Mandatory in all states in Australia, you can obtain your RSA by taking part in a 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 your RSA training, you will learn to serve alcohol responsibly by identifying intoxicated customers and underage patrons. 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. In Australia most drinks have a standard drink measurement that indicates the strength of the beverage.
Can the Victorian RSA Certificate be done Online?
In normal times, no! 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. Indeed, temporary and during the crisis, you can get your RSA Vic certificate online via virtual classes. Your certificate will be valid only in Victoria.
If you find a job you can start working behind the bar but you need to complete your RSA certificate within 30 days after starting your new job.
How much is the RSA Certificate in Victoria?
Rates vary between $50 and $150 depending on the package chosen. We recommend completing your RSA with RSA Melbourne. They are fully accredited to deliver the RSA Course via virtual classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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:
How is my Victorian RSA Certificate delivered
You will be 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 will receive your certificate after you completed the training at the end of the day.
Refresher RSA in Victoria
After 3 years you will need to complete a refresher course. Many Backpackers won’t need to do this as they don’t stay longer than 3 years.
Please note that if you have already done your RSA in another state of Australia, it’s possible to do your RSA Refresher online, which is accepted in Victoria (conditions apply).