On Thursday 4 May a metropolitan session of The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) was held in the Whitehorse local government area, at the Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading.
More than 80 attendees heard from the VCGLR, Victoria Police, GoodSports and a licensee on matters relating to compliance, licensing, police priorities, the importance of responsible service and tips on managing risk at venues.
In a first, there was also a new licensees session where new licensees from the local area were invited to come in and discuss their business and the areas into which they were keen to gain insight.
A great tip shared at the session was the requirement to have all staff aware of, and have access to, the documentation required at an inspection, such as the venue’s RSA Register (excel template available on the VCGLR website (XLSX, 20.23 KB)).
Gabrielle Lamont, Senior Licensing Officer, spoke about understanding licences, redline plans and the importance of providing as much notice as possible for changes to licences. Many delays occur when the VCGLR has to work with external groups – such as local councils – which can push out processing times.
Paul Murtagh, one of the VCGLR’s Compliance Inspectors, presented on what to expect from an inspection, common breaches and how to remain compliant.
Jason Rigopoulos, a local licensee gave real life examples from his own venue on how to manage risk while running a safe and successful business.
Victoria Police's Wayne Williams ran through matters police commonly see when dealing with venues and Bill Karametos of GoodSports presented on the importance of responsible service of alcohol at volunteer-based local sporting clubs.
This is also a recent focus for Victoria Police in the Whitehorse area.
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The Knowledge Exchange was held 4 May in Whitehorse, attendees heard from VCGLR, Vic Pol, GoodSports & a licensee