Responsible Service of Alcohol

​​​​​​​​​​​Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA)

A licensee must not allow a person to serve liquor on licensed premises unless the person: 

(a) has successfully completed an "approved course" - (RSA training course); or

(b) has been an employee of the licensee for, in aggregate, less than 3 months and is - 

      (i) undertaking an approved RSA training course; or
      (ii) formally enrolled in an approved RSA training course that is scheduled to start within 3 months from the day on which the person is permitted to serve the liquor. The RSA training course is to be held within 3 months of commencing employment.
An "approved course" means a course of instruction or training in the service of liquor, approved by the Commissioner.​


Recognised RSA courses

The Commissioner has determined that he will recognise:

  • RSA courses from any Australian jurisdiction that deliver the Australian Skills Quality (ASQA) accredited national competency:
    • SITHFAB021;
    • All previous versions (SITHFAB002, SITHFAB201, SITHFAB009A, THHBFB09A and THHBFB09B); and
    • Any future versions (subject to Liquor and Gaming Branch review);
  • RSA certification from any other Australian regulator; and
  • RSA certification issued by an Australian entity prior to the commencement of the national competency framework (ie. prior to 1998).​​​

Liquor licence obligations (venue)

To ensure that those who have effective control for the sale and service and consumption of liquor at a licensed premises understand the Tasmanian laws in relation to the Liquor Licensing Act 1990, the Commissioner has determined that he will recognise:

  • RSA courses that deliver the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredited national competency and are conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by the Commissioner to deliver courses in responsible serving of alcohol with Tasmanian content:
    • SITHFAB021 (conditional on the training requiring evidence of performance through practical assessment of RSA skills);
    • All previous versions (SITHFAB002, SITHFAB201, SITHFAB009A, THHBFB09A and THHBFB09B);
    • Any future versions (subject to Liquor and Gaming Branch review); and
  • RSA certification issued by a Tasmanian entity prior to the commencement of the national competency framework (ie. prior to 1998).

The Commissioner advises recognised RTOs of any changes to Tasmanian liquor legislation and policy to ensure participants gain the required understanding of Tasmanian requirements for the sale and service of liquor.

A person applying to hold a liquor licence is required to undertake RSA training unless exempted by the Commissioner for Licensing. Exemptions may be granted for special liquor licence applicants in certain circumstances.​


Liquor Licensees recording obligations

Licensees are required, in accordance with section 46A of the Liquor Licensing Act 1990, to retain a copy of the RSA certificate issued to any staff member involved in the sale and service of liquor, or evidence of a staff member's enrolment in an approved course.

  Notice und​er section 46A  


Training organisations delivering RSA

WARNING : The following website does NOT deliver an RSA course that is approved in Tasmania:  https://rsaonlinenow.com.au/
If you have undertaken an RSA course with this organisation, you will NOT be able to use that certification to work in Tasmania and will be required to complete an accredited course.

The following list of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are registered with the Commissioner for Licensing to deliver courses in responsible serving of alcohol. This list is made available for convenient contact for industry and public to co-ordinate and book training. 

Registered Training Organisation
 and delivery location
Delivery MethodContactWebsite
Access All Areas Training - RTO 52312
Online1300 287 554accessallareastraining.com.au
Asset Training: Hobart region - RTO 60083Classroom(03) 6220 1000
www.asset-training.com
Australian Club Training - Urban E-Learning - RTO 31973Online1300 362 226
www.urbanelearning.com
Australian Employment and Training Solutions - RTO 21912Classroom1800 872 297
www.aets.edu.au​
Australian Hotels Association (WA) - RTO 4748
Online(08) 9321 7701www.ahawa.asn.au
Aveling - RTO 50503
Online
(08) 9379 9999www.aveling.com.au
Eclipse Vale Pty Ltd - RTO 32252Online(03) 5201 0569
www.eclipseeducation.com.au
Express Online Training - RTO 40592Online
www.eot.edu.au
Galaxy Training Australia - RTO 40698Online(07) 3062 7222
www.galaxytraining.com.au
RGIT Australia - RTO 22088Classroom
1800 844 833
www.rgit.edu.au
Work and Training - RTO 1126ClassroomFiona.morse@workandtraining.com.au
1300 309 675
www.workandtraining.com.au
Surf Life Saving SA - RTO 40110Classroom
03 6216 7800

www.slst.asn.au

TasTAFE - State-wide - RTO 60142Classroom/online
1300 655 307
info@tastafe.tas.edu.au
www.tastafe.tas.edu.au 
Scala the Training Company: Statewide delivery - RTO 60101Classroom
1300 072 252
www.scala.edu.au
​​Workforce Development - RTO 60103
Classroom(03) 6431 9110
www.workforcedevelop.com.au
Eva Burrows College Vocational Training - RTO 0328Classroom(03) 9847 5400www.evaburrowscollege.edu.au
William Angliss Institute - RTO  3045Classroom/onlineshortcourses@angliss.edu.au
shortcourses.angliss.edu.au/
5 Star Online Training - RTO - 45332Online1300 496 337
support@5staronlinetraining.com.au
onlinersa.com.au 
Job Trainer Australia - RTO - 45742Online
1300 020 615
info@jta.edu.au 
www.jobtraineraustralia.edu.au
Updated September 2023

This RSA training is delivered to the student cohort only and is not delivered to the general public.            
Tasmanian Colleges Delivery Method
Guilford Young College - RTO 1129Classroom
Tasmanian Secondary Colleges - RTO 60100Classroom

 Updated 1 November 2017

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