Registered clubs are owned by their members. They exist to deliver a wide range of benefits to their members and the wider community.
With more than 1,300 registered clubs in NSW, they are home to more than 5.7 million members. Clubs employ 42,000 people across NSW - 20,000 in Regional NSW.
Licensees, managers and bar and security staff of licensed venues should be familiar with the following policies and procedures.
Incident register: A licensee is required to maintain an incident register if the venue is either:
Standard drink guidelines: Knowing the standard drink guidelines help to prevent intoxication and minimise alcohol-related incidences.
One standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.
Preventing intoxication: Liquor licensees and staff are required to serve alcohol responsibly to help minimise alcohol-related harm.
Refusing entry and ejecting patrons: Under the Liquor Act 2007 a licensed venue may eject or refuse entry to a patron under certain conditions.
You will need to undertake training to work in an environment where patrons may be drinking and using gaming machines.
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) To sell or supply alcohol in NSW you must complete the RSA training course. It allows you to:
Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG)RCG training is mandatory if your work duties involve gaming machines and allows you to:
Find out more: RSA and RCG training
Privacy trainingPrivacy training focuses on the legal requirements for staff when scanning a patron's ID and operating a linked ID scanning system.
Privacy training courses are available only to people who have completed an RSA course and possess a competency card.
Find out more: Privacy training
Licensee and Advanced Licensee training
Holding a role such as approved manager or club secretary in a club, you may be required to undertake Licensee and Advanced Licensee training.
Find out more: Licensee and Advanced Licensee training
Learn more about the training, experience, and prior learning that's needed by senior managers in clubs to meet Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW) and the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) requirements.
Club Secretaries need to:
Clubs must make information about their office bearers' compliance with the training required under the Registered Clubs Regulation 2015, and any exemptions claimed, available to their members.
Additionally Club Secretaries should hold:
Make an application to change the secretary of the club through either the:
Before ILGA can approve the application, the new Club Secretary will also need to provide a current NSW National Police Check. You can begin a NSW police check online.
Club managers hold an important role in the governance and management of clubs. Managing a club's assets requires both experience and training.
A training framework for club managers ensures that office bearers are aware of their fiduciary and governance responsibilities, and are able to make commercial decisions that enhance the long term viability of their club. Clubs must make information about their office bearers' compliance with the training required under the Registered Clubs Regulation 2015, and any exemptions claimed, available to their members.
Club managers need to:
Additionally a Club Manager should hold:
Exemptions to completing the mandatory course may apply to Club Managers who have:
Exemptions also apply if a person has completed any of the following qualifications within the last five years:
Club directors hold an important role in the governance and management of clubs. Managing a club's assets requires both experience and training.
A training framework for club directors ensures that office bearers are aware of their fiduciary and governance responsibilities, and are able to make commercial decisions that enhance the long term viability of their club. Clubs must make information about their office bearers’ compliance with the training required under the Registered Clubs Regulation 2015, and any exemptions claimed, available to their members.
The ClubsNSW mandatory director training program consists of two courses, and provides the information directors need to fulfil corporate governance training compliance.
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Alternatively, club directors can complete training aligned to the units of competency:
These director training course are conducted by some registered training organisations, including the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club's School of Hospitality.
Exemptions for either or both of the above course may apply to club directors who have previously:
Exemptions may also apply if a person has completed any of the approved courses in the following table between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2013.
Recognition of prior learning, and credit transfers, can be obtained through ClubsNSW or a registered training organisation.
Small clubs and large clubs
Anyone standing for election or who is appointed to be a club director must disclose any previous period of ineligibility to be a club director or secretary as a result of disciplinary action against them by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority that has since expired.
The person standing or appointed needs to disclose:
Clubs need to notify their members about any such disclosures made by displaying a notice on the club premises and website, if they have one:
Limit to board numbers
From 1 January 2017, all club boards must not exceed nine members.
Board appointed directors
Clubs have the option of appointing directors who hold high level skills or business experience. This provides certainty for clubs that direct appointments can be made, subject to a club's constitution being amended.
Club boards may directly appoint up to two directors with the following requirements:
Club director previous ineligibility disclosure
Club boards may request that potential appointees disclose any previous period of ineligibility. The appointee must disclose this information within seven days of request, or within seven days of being appointed if not requested by club board.