Running any type of hospitality or food and beverage business is always a challenge, more so if it’s a bar. Finding the right bar supplies, equipment, and manpower is only half the battle.
Say you’re running a bar at a hotel in Australia; there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration aside from your standard liquor licence.
Here are some of them:
Aside from licences, running a bar or hotel requires an Approved Manager. You can only get this certification from organisations like the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) in Western Australia (WA) if you’re in Perth. These organisations provide a Management of Licensed Premises (MLP) course, known as (MLP1), for licensees and unrestricted Approved Managers who have already completed the Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course.
The nationally accredited RSA training course, also offered by the AHA, is a pre-requisite for the MLP course. The MLP1 Course is the mandatory training required for Approved Managers to lodge an application for approval to manage licensed premises in WA.
Upon completion of your MLP course, you will receive a nationally accredited approved manager certificate.
Responsible Liquor Sales
Running a bar is risky business, not only because of the nature of the work, but also due to the many laws and the potentially dangerous product involved. Take the time to learn the local laws and regulations to keep your business legally sound.
As managers, you should know that it’s an offence for anyone under 18 years old to enter or remain on licensed premises, such as your bar, without a legal guardian or a responsible adult, except if under specified situations as outlined in the Liquor Control Act of 1988.
Responsible Adult Rule
Minors should always be accompanied by responsible adults when in a bar. As an approved manager, you will learn the specifics of what makes a responsible adult, as specified under the Act. Approved Managers in WA need to ensure they understand who is a responsible adult.
A responsible adult can be defined as any person who qualifies for one of the following categories:
- Parent or Step parent of the juvenile
- Spouse or de facto partner of the juvenile
- Legal guardian of the juvenile
- In Loco Parentis (acting as the parent) to the juvenile
Just because a person over 18 may fit into one of the defined categories above, however, doesn’t mean that they are responsible in the traditional sense of the term. You need to ask yourself, “Is this adult taking responsibility for the juvenile as a responsible parent would and are they in the company of and directly supervising that juvenile?”
If the answer to any part of that question is no, then there’s the very real possibility of a breach under the Act, and the minor shouldn’t be permitted to enter or remain on the premises without legitimate reason.
Caring for customers, following the law, and being responsible in your products and service all help not only in building your reputation but also for caring for your customers’ health and safety.