With ‘Schoolies Week’ just around the corner and school leavers looking forward to a well-earned celebration, it is high time to reinforce venue policies and procedures to ensure that ongoing compliance is maintained. Celebrations for Victorian school leavers run from Saturday 28 November to Sunday 6 December 2015.
It is paramount to ensure your venue is well prepared for schoolies week to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time in a safe and responsible environment. The best ways to ensure your venue is ready are:
- Review the VCGLR Intoxication Guidelines and make sure your staff can quickly identify the signs of intoxication and know when to stop service to patrons.
- Ensure you have appropriate house policies in place which reference drink spiking, fights or violence, minors on premises and intoxicated patrons. On Tap Liquor Consulting can help you in this regard
- It is important to keep your staff up-to-date with their Responsible Service of Alcohol training. Free refresher training is available on the VCGLR website. You will also need to maintain your RSA Training Register; visit www.complycloud.com.au to assist with this.
- Remember to contact your local Victoria Police station to let them know about any special events you may be holding at your venue.
- Make sure that there is plenty of food and other entertainment available to help take attention away from excessive drinking and prevent intoxication.
- Provide free water and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Make sure you have enough crowd controllers on duty to manage crowds and meet the conditions of your licence.
Remember, there are only certain forms of ID that are acceptable under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998:
- Australian driver licence
- Victorian learner permit
- Proof of age card
- Keypass card
- Australian or foreign passport.
You should not accept any other forms of ID when checking for the age of your patrons. It is an offence for a person under 18 years of age to falsely represent themselves to be of, or over, 18 years of age. You or your security staff can confiscate false ID if there is a reasonable belief that it is fake. Venues also retain the right to refuse entry at their discretion so don’t be shy in refusing entry to those you believe to be under age or intoxicated.
Packaged liquor outlets and bottle shops are encouraged to regularly check ID. Outlets and bottle shops can refuse service to any adult you reasonably suspect is going to supply alcohol to an underage person.
Feel free to contact On Tap Liquor Consulting for further information on licensee obligations. We are here to help and offer venue audits to help you keep on top of things!