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RSA issued before December 2006 almost invalid!

“Holders of expired paper certificates can be fined by NSW Police or inspectors from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.” – NSW government

The NSW office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has begun to phase in a new standard for the Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Up until August 2011, the RSA qualification was a paper certificate awarded after completion of an accredited RSA course. Since that date graduates have had to apply for a competency card that will be phased in as the industry standard for everyone working in a licensed venue.

A crucial part of the plan to phase in a higher standard of RSA regulation and qualification is that these paper certificates are slowly becoming invalid. If you have a paper RSA issued before August 2011 your RSA will eventually become invalid and you PERSONALLY will be fined by the police if you are caught serving alcohol on a licensed premise without a valid RSA. At the end of June 2013, all RSA certificates issued before 31st of December 2006 will become invalid, and holders of those RSAs will be in danger of receiving a big personal fine for working with an expired certificate.

To avoid getting a fine, you need to book in for an RSA course so you can be issued with your competency card. At Sydney Bar School you can become re-qualified in our quick, easy RSA course. Book today!

Transition dates for expiry of RSA/RCG paper certificates in NSW

RSA and RCG paper certificates issued Expiry date
Prior to 1 Jan 2001 30 June 2012
1 Jan 2001 – 31 Dec 2006 30 Jun 2013
1 Jan 2007 – 31 Dec 2008 30 Jun 2014
1 Jan 2009 – 31 Dec 2009 30 Jun 2015
1 Jan 2010 – 21 Aug 2011 30 Jun 2016

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