Australia has an extensive drinking culture. While alcohol can undoubtedly be bad for our bodies, studies have also shown that minimal consumption can have positive health effects. Of course, typical Australian alcohol consumption far exceeds what these study recommends. Whether or not this is a bad thing is a question for wide debate. All I can tell you is that in Australia, drinking is here to stay. Heck, our former prime minister held the world record for sculling a beer.
When we accept that drinking is an indispensable part of our culture, we must also accept that it is our responsibility to minimise the negative impacts of this habit. Personally this involves being aware of alcohol and health and encouraging others to do the same. From a government perspective, this is a much more difficult issue.
Aside from the obvious laws regarding drink driving and abstaining from operating heavy machinery whilst under the influence of alcohol, legislation has been created to ensure the responsible service of alcohol. Any individual employed in a position involving the distribution of alcohol, whether this be a pub, club, or even a caterer, are required to complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate.
These certificates can be obtained at a number of venues throughout Australia, and educators must be certified by and follow the guidelines of federal government policy. These courses are typically run over one or two days and can cost upwards of $100. Fortunately, the internet has made some of these courses far less time consuming and significantly cheaper. Obtaining an online RSA (SITHFAB201 – Provide responsible service of alcohol) can cost less than half the price and be completed in under two hours. Furthermore, for individuals wishing to obtain an RSA for a state in which they are moving to, but do not yet reside, certifications such as the RSA Qld can be obtained before they move to the state.
Complete your RSA Qld course online or by correspondence now and obtain your competency card without delay! For more information, or to enrol in a course, please contact us today.