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Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

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Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Sell or serve alcohol responsibly


1.1 Sell or serve alcohol according to provisions of relevant state or territory legislation, licensing requirements and responsible service of alcohol principles.

1.2 Provide accurate information to customers on alcoholic beverages according to organisation or house policy and government legislation, including types, strengths, standard drinks and the alcoholic percentages of a range of frequently sold alcoholic beverages.

1.3 Assist customers with information on the range of non alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

1.4 Identify issues  related to the sale and service of alcohol to different types of customers, especially those at risk , and incorporate them into sales or service.


2. Assist customers to drink within appropriate limits.

2.1 Prepare and serve standard drinks or samples  according to industry requirements.

2.2 Encourage customers courteously and diplomatically to drink within appropriate limits.

2.3 Recognise erratic drinking patterns as an early sign of possible intoxication and take appropriate action.

2.4 Monitor emotional and physical state of customers for signs of intoxication and ill effects of illicit or other drug usage.

2.5 Where appropriate, offer food and non alcoholic beverages.

2.6 Politely decline requests for alcohol to be dispensed in a manner that is irresponsible, or which encourages the rapid or excessive consumption of alcohol , and advise customers of the reasons for the refusal.


3. Assess alcohol affected customers and identify customers to whom sale or service must be refused

3.1 Assess intoxication levels of customers using a number of methods, including observing changes in behaviour , observing emotional and physical state, and monitoring noise levels and drink purchases.

3.2 When assessing intoxication, take into account factors  that may affect individual responses to alcohol.

3.3 Identify customers to whom sale or service must be refused according to state and territory legislation, including minors, those purchasing on behalf of minors, intoxicated persons, and persons affected by the consumption of illicit and other drugs.

3.4 Where appropriate, request and obtain acceptable proof of age  prior to sale or service.


4. Refuse to provide alcohol


4.1 Refuse service in a polite manner and state reasons for the refusal.

4.2 Speak to intoxicated  customers in a suitable and consistent manner, minimising confrontation and arguments and point out signage .

4.3 Provide appropriate assistance  to customers when refusing service.

4.4 Where appropriate, give customers a verbal warning and ask them to leave the premises according to organisation or house requirements, the specific situation and provisions of state or territory legislation and regulations.

4.5 Use appropriate communication and conflict resolution skills to handle difficult situations.

4.6 Refer difficult situations beyond the scope of individual responsibility to the appropriate person.

4.7 Promptly identify situations that pose a threat to the safety or security of colleagues, customers or property, and seek assistance from appropriate colleagues according to organisational policy.



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