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30 September 2019

Getting accredited to work in NSW hospitality industry now just a click away

The NSW Government has launched a new online bridging course that makes it easier, faster and cheaper for interstate hospitality workers to gain NSW Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) accreditation.

Liquor & Gaming NSW executive director Natasha Mann said workers with RSA competency in other states can now do a short online course to get qualified to serve alcohol in NSW.

“Instead of needing to complete the full six-hour NSW RSA course, interstate workers can now simply go online and do a short bridging course that takes less than 90 minutes,” Ms Mann said.

“With the course available online, workers relocating to NSW can complete it before they arrive.

“Once here, they can simply go to any Service NSW centre, get an interim work certificate and start work straight away.

“Workers in border regions such as Albury/Wodonga and Tweed Heads/Coolangatta will also benefit, with the new course giving them an easy option to gain certification to work in nearby NSW centres.

“NSW venues will also find it easier to recruit appropriately trained staff.”

The bridging course costs $85 compared to the $112 minimum costs for the full NSW RSA course.

It covers NSW liquor laws, industry best practice and guidance on how to sell, serve and supply alcohol safely in NSW.

The new initiative is part of the NSW Government’s digital technology drive which has seen the state’s 650,000 hospitality workers offered digital RSA and Responsible Conduct of Gambling competency cards.

The digital card, which lets users display, update and renew a licence using a smart phone or tablet, has so far been taken up by almost 140,000 workers.

Click here to learn more about the new bridging course and other training for hospitality workers.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Eric Aubert (02) 9995 0794, 0438 207 294