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Do you need an RSA for alcohol delivery?

Alcohol home delivery can be incredibly convenient. Not only does it save you a trip to the store, but alcohol delivery services can also lessen the chance of intoxicated driving. Online alcohol delivery provides easy access to a wide variety of alcohol options, but it can also be a flexible, convenient job for individuals looking to make some extra income.

If you’re interested in taking on an alcohol delivery role, you may be wondering “do you need an RSA to deliver alcohol?”. In today’s article, we’ll explore a number of frequently asked questions relating to alcohol delivery.

What is alcohol delivery?

Alcohol delivery is the process of delivering alcohol from a licensed retailer directly to a consumer. This can be done through online platforms or mobile applications, allowing customers to order their desired alcohol products and have them delivered right to their doorstep.

An alcohol delivery app may offer a variety of drink options, including beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails. Some apps also allow customers to order mixers and snacks along with their alcohol purchase.  On top of this, many alcohol delivery services provide same day alcohol delivery, making them perfect to use for when the party’s already started and you realise you haven’t quite got enough drinks for all of your guests.

How does alcohol delivery work?

Alcohol delivery typically works by allowing customers to place an order through an online platform or mobile application. The order is then received by a licensed retailer or third-party delivery service, who will process and fulfil the order. Once the order is ready, a driver or courier will pick up the alcohol and deliver it to the customer’s specified address.

Do alcohol delivery services have age restrictions?

It’s important to note that alcohol home delivery services are subject to age restrictions just like purchasing alcohol in person. Typically, alcohol delivery services will require proof of age upon delivery. This can be in the form of a valid ID or driver’s licence.

What is an RSA?

An RSA is short for the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. This is a training course that teaches individuals about responsible alcohol service and handling. RSA certificate courses can be provided by Registered Training Organisations such as Express Online Training. Express Online Training offers a range of online RSA courses that can be completed at your own pace, and from the comfort of your own home.

Do you need an RSA to deliver alcohol?

Whether or not you will be required to hold a valid RSA to deliver alcohol will depend upon the state/territory the delivery occurs in. It’s important to research and understand the laws and regulations surrounding alcohol delivery in your location before taking on a role in this industry. As of November 2023, the following laws exist:

Which states require an individual to hold a valid RSA when delivering alcohol?

  • New South Wales – In NSW each person completing alcohol delivery is required to hold a valid RSA.

Which states do not require an individual to hold a valid RSA when delivering alcohol?

  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory

Changes to RSA requirements for alcohol delivery

While many states and territories don’t currently require those completing deliveries to hold a valid RSA, there may be changes to these laws in the future.

For example, in March 2023, Alcohol Change Vic published a paper of proposed changes to the laws titled Online sale and home delivery of alcohol: measures to prevent harm in Victorian communities.

With alcohol sales laws always changing, it’s important for those in the industry to stay informed and up-to-date with any potential changes to RSA requirements for alcohol delivery. This will not only ensure the safety of yourself and others, but also help maintain the integrity of the industry as a whole.

Benefits of using alcohol home delivery

Here are a few advantages to a alcohol home delivery:

Wide selection

With online alcohol delivery, you’ll typically have access to a much broader range of options compared to what may be available at your local store. This allows people to try new drinks and find unique products that they may not have had access to otherwise.

Convenience

As mentioned, alcohol home delivery is incredibly convenient. You can order from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about transportation or checking store hours.

Potential cost savings

Many online platforms offer competitive pricing and discounts, allowing customers to potentially save money on their alcohol purchases. People can shop around and compare prices, as well as take advantage of deals and promotions that may be present.

Less chance of intoxicated driving

By having alcohol delivered to your doorstep, there is less temptation to go out and purchase more while already under the influence. This can help prevent incidents of intoxicated driving, ultimately keeping individuals and communities safer. However, it’s important to note that alcohol cannot be delivered to someone who is visibly intoxicated.

Benefits of undertaking an alcohol delivery role

If you’d like to become an alcohol delivery driver, there are several potential benefits to consider:

Supplemental income

Alcohol delivery can be a great way to earn some extra income on the side. This can be particularly beneficial for students or individuals looking to make some additional money outside of their regular job.

Flexibility

With the ability to choose your own hours and work as little or as much as you want, it can be a great opportunity for individuals with busy schedules or other commitments.

Opportunities for growth

As the demand for alcohol home delivery continues to grow, there may be opportunities for advancement within the industry. This can include taking on a managerial role or moving into other areas such as inventory management or customer service.

Meeting new people

For those who enjoy interacting with others, alcohol delivery can provide the opportunity to meet and interact with a diverse range of customers.

Alcohol home delivery offers a convenient way for individuals to purchase their desired drinks without leaving their home. However, it is important for both the customer and the delivery driver to adhere to responsible alcohol service and handling guidelines.

For those interested in becoming an alcohol delivery driver, there are several potential benefits such as supplemental income, flexibility, and opportunities for growth. As the demand for alcohol home delivery continues to increase, this role may provide a viable and rewarding career option for many individuals.

It’s important to stay informed about any potential changes to RSA requirements for alcohol delivery and always prioritise responsible service to ensure the safety of yourself and others when delivering alcohol. 

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