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Sporting clubs gearing up for finals

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With finals just around the corner, now is a great time to check the conditions of your licence and encourage the responsible service of alcohol at your sporting club.

When it comes to the pointy end of the season, there are more fans at games, more people buying alcohol and therefore an increased risk to clubs.

To ensure the safety of members, guests, players and staff is a priority during this year’s finals period, here are some things to think about:

Do you have the right liquor licence?

The VCGLR’s liquor licence selector tool can help determine the type of licence your club needs. You can use this tool or contact us for assistance.

It is important to have as much information as possible so the VCGLR can issue the correct licence.

Temporary licences: 

The VCGLR is often inundated with applications for temporary licences around finals time. If you plan to apply for a temporary licence this year, please allow at least eight weeks for your application to be approved.

Who is going to manage the alcohol?

Some clubs directly appoint a catering company to manage the sale of liquor. They apply for the licence, hire RSA trained staff, arrange any physical equipment that needs to be installed such as marquees – but most importantly the legal responsibility falls on their shoulders.

This may be an option for you to consider so you can focus on your teams’ finals campaigns. If you need help with planning your footy finals or you are not sure what to do, the VCGLR is here to help. Contact us for more information.

Super boxes: 

We have noticed an increase in the number of clubs incorporating a sponsor box, or super box around the grounds which people can hire for the day. If you plan to do this you must have the proper licence to serve alcohol and follow the RSA principles.

Sporting clubs are reminded to be compliant with basic administration such as:

  • Licence/liquor signage: Your current liquor licence and appropriate liquor signage must be displayed in an area visible to patrons, VCGLR inspectors or Victoria Police.
  • Red line plan: Ensure you have a copy of your red line plan at your premises at all times. If an inspection takes place, you will be asked to produce this. Inspections take place at any time and without notice. To ensure your staff know where the red line plan is, you can choose to display this on the wall. 
  • Sign-in sheet: Members are not required to sign in each time they use the club, but guests must sign in each time they visit the club

Resources:

The VCGLR has created a series of videos to help clubs stay ahead of the game when it comes to their liquor licence responsibilities. To view the videos, see Stay ahead of the Game

 

Article last modified 
23 September 2019