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NSW Extend Competency Card expiry

6 July 2022 The NSW Government is providing extra support to the hospitality industry by extending free refresher courses to 28 February 2023. We are extending renewal periods and waiving renewal fees for all holders of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) competency cards that expire between 1 February 2020 and 28 February 2023. This free renewal also applies to those that hold a Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) endorsement on the same card. Holders of ...

NAIDOC Week 2022

5 July 2022 National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know ...

World Chocolate Day 7th of July

5 July 2022 Attributed to - https://www.daysoftheyear.com There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of local, national or international World Chocolate Day – our research leads us to believe that this is the true, definitive, purist ‘World Chocolate Day‘, so celebrate with some of the high cocoa, rich, dark chocolate that makes you go tingly inside. World Chocolate Day is nothing short of a special tribute to mankind’s greatest culinary invention. (Sorry ...

Launching the new liquor regulator

24 June 2022 Following the passing of legislation in Parliament yesterday, Liquor Control Victoria will be your new point of contact for all liquor licensing matters from 1 July. As you would be aware, this change has been anticipated for the past six months since the VGCCC was created to focus solely on gambling regulation and the casino operation. We have been working closely with the Department of Justice and Community Safety to ensure this ...

DARK MOFO - TASMANIA

18 June 2022

NSW Vouchers

17 June 2022 Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers expire soon. Remember you can book activities and experiences today to enjoy at a later date. To find businesses where you can use your vouchers, enter a location or business name in the Dine & Discover NSW business finder. Click on teh link to  Find a business

Managing intoxicated patrons - (from VGCCC)

29 May 2022 It is an offence for a licensee or permittee to supply liquor to a person in a state of intoxication. It is also an offence to permit drunken or disorderly persons to be on the licensed premises, or on any other premises where we have authorised licensees to serve liquor. The Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act) defines intoxication in section 3AB(1) as: For the purposes of this Act, a person ...

National Strategy for Volunteering

24 May 2022 The Volunteering in Australia organisation survey is an historic opportunity to capture the current state of volunteering, map trends, and consider how volunteering may evolve into the future. If you are a Manager or Coordinator of Volunteers, Program Leader, CEO, or otherwise represent an organisation or group involving volunteers, we invite you to have your say on the future of volunteering. By participating in the survey, you will help build the most ...

Food Standards Australia New Zealand considers energy labels for alcohol

24 May 2022 Aussies have largely been kept in the dark on the kilojoules hiding in their booze, but that could soon change under a proposal to consider energy labels on alcoholic drinks. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced on Monday that it was preparing a proposal to consider including the labels. Unlike most other packaged food and drinks, packaged alcoholic beverages have been exempt from providing nutrition information on the label. It means consumers ...

National Volunteer Week

16 May 2022 National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held on 16 – 22 May 2022. We are pleased to announce the theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together. Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. National Volunteer Week ...

Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2021

15 October 2021 Australians washing and sanitising their hands 15% less than this time last year Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2021 The Food Safety Information Council today released Omnipoll national research for Global Handwashing Day showing there has been a 15% decrease in the number of times in Australians washed or sanitised their hands a day, on average, since the same time last year. Food Safety Information Council Communication Director, Lydia Buchtmann, said that handwashing ...

Stop the Grog

17 September 2021 Attributed to www.drinkstrade.com.au WA government moves to end sly grogging September 16, 2021 By Ioni Doherty From this weekend, Western Australian police will have the discretion to seize and dispose of illegal alcohol following new regulations introduced by the McGowan government to address sly grogging. Sly grogging is the practice of selling liquor without a licence or carrying liquor for the purpose of sale. Western Australia’s Racing and Gaming Minister, Reece Whitby said, “Sly grogging is ...

FOODWISE Spring Edition - 57

2 September 2021 Out now _ Attributed to NSW Food Authority Welcome to edition #57 of Foodwise! Food production and supply chains have shown great resilience in the face of the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 over the past 18months. Throughout, food produced, manufactured and sold in NSW remains amongst the safest to eat in the world. Food businesses have discovered innovative ways of operating and have expanded their capabilities. We are proud to continue to support our ...

Changes - Environment Protection - Victoria

30 August 2021 Attributed to VCGLR Newsletter On 1 July 2021, changes were made to the way noise emissions are regulated under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and subordinate legislation. These changes included the removal of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) No. N-2 (SEPP N-2). As a result of these changes, if you hold a liquor licence that has a condition referring to SEPP N-2, you will shortly receive ...

Raising disability awareness in venues

8 August 2021 Attributed to QLD Liquor and Gaming.    Everyone has a responsibility to create a safe and inclusive community. As licensees and regulators, the focus has always been on ensuring alcohol is served in a safe and responsible manner. This is critical to how the industry operates and safety is always paramount. But have you also taken the time to consider if your actions may discriminate against people with a disability, by presuming they are ...

Only in Australia - Slab for a Jab

6 August 2021 Attributed to Drinks Trade Online Magazine By Ioni Doherty 3rd of August  As Sydney barrels into its seventh week of lockdown, and with vaccination rates below target, Hawke’s Brewing Co has put aside 250 cartons as an incentive to Sydneysiders to ‘get the jab’. The initiative comes after NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, called for August to “be the month we break records and vaccinations”. On Tuesday, Ms Berejikilian said that she wants 6 million ...

Freeze on late-night liquor licences extended

29 July 2021 Freeze on late night liquor licences extend The Victorian Government is extending an existing freeze on the grant of late-night liquor licences in metropolitan Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra, and Stonnington. An approved late-night liquor licence allows venues to trade after 1am. This freeze is aimed at controlling the density of liquor licences and the related anti-social behaviour in major entertainment precincts. This means that venues with existing late-night licences can continue to trade, ...

Salmonella dominates outbreaks in Australia

28 July 2021 Salmonella dominates outbreaks in Australia By Joe Whitworth on July 27, 2021 - Food Safety News More than 450 foodborne outbreaks were reported over a three-year period in Australia, according to a new study. The 452 confirmed and suspected foodborne outbreaks affected 7,361 people, caused 705 hospitalizations and 18 deaths from 2013 to 2015. Salmonella was the main agent identified and restaurants were the most frequently-reported food preparation setting. There were 213 outbreaks attributed ...

HACCP director Martin Stone identifies the five top food safety issues facing Australia's food manufacturers.

28 July 2021 Food Safety Issues 1. Foodborne illness Incidences are increasing in Australia at exponential rates due to better reporting systems, greater awareness and reporting of incidences, and changing dietary habits including the move towards more complex, processed foods and eating out. Food is also travelling further for longer periods of time. Increased handling of food in a longer distribution chain means more opportunity for food safety to be challenged. 2. Importing food This can be a risky ...

Trends Show Australians Drinking Responsibly

27 July 2021 Updated data today from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has confirmed Australians retain a mature and responsible relationship with their use of alcohol. Risky drinking rates are falling, consumption levels are declining, wine is increasingly popular as tastes changes, and underage and young Australians are overwhelmingly avoiding drinking at all. On a per-capita basis the consumption of alcohol is at a 50-year low (1968: 10.8 litres pure alcohol per ...

Same Day Alcohol Delivery - NSW

6 July 2021 Same day alcohol delivery regulations tightened Issued by Minister Victor Dominello Strong new liquor laws will be phased in from today to help protect against alcohol-related harm surrounding online alcohol sales to minors and people who are intoxicated. Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said these latest NSW Government reforms target the potential risks and harm from alcohol deliveries while continuing to support a safe 24-hour economy. “Demand for online ...

Queensland - Avoid the fine, pay on time

21 June 2021 Avoid the fine, pay on time - Queensland Liquor and Gaming Annual liquor licence fees due 31 July Annual liquor licence fee notices for 2021 will be mailed to licensees in late June and are due for payment by 31 July 2021. It’s vital you pay your annual fee by the due date to avoid your licence being automatically suspended, as you will be then unable to sell liquor. If your fee remains ...

Artisan liquor licence benefiting small business

4 June 2021 As of 20 May 2021, OLGR had received 75 applications for the new artisan producer licence. This artisan producer licence means Queensland’s estimated 90 independent craft breweries and 34 independent artisan distilleries can: have unlimited sales of a licensee’s own product, within production limits, for on-site consumption sell their own products for takeaway and online sell limited takeaways and on-site samples of their liquor at promotional events apply to sell their liquor for on-site consumption ...

Reminder of what is an Approved Manager WA - DLGSC

4 June 2021 Approved manager and training requirements at licensed premises Guidance for licensees on how to comply with: The requirement to have an approved manager. The mandatory training requirements for approved managers and other persons engaged in the sale, supply or service of liquor. Approved Managers Well managed premises and the responsible service of alcohol are seen as important tools in providing consumers with safer, more responsible venues that are committed to implementing harm-minimisation strategies. In this context, ...

Help prevent drink spiking

27 May 2021 The incidence of drink spiking has increased in our community. A 'spiked drink' means that alcohol or drugs have been added to someone's drink without their knowledge or consent. Any drink can be spiked, including juice, soft drink, water and alcohol. If a person has their drink spiked, they can be vulnerable to sexual assault, robbery and other harmful actions. As venue operators and licence holders, we want you to help educate ...

Under-18 patrons on licensed premises

27 May 2021 Responsible Service of Alcohol to Minors Minors on licensed premises Anyone under the age of 18 years is considered a minor. The legal drinking age in Victoria is 18 years. It's illegal for any person to supply alcohol to a minor on licensed premises. It's also illegal for a minor to be on licensed premises to purchase, receive or consume alcohol. Minors and licensed premises Minors are not permitted to drink alcohol on licensed premises ...

COVID-19 measures see decrease in gastro diseases in parts of Australia

17 May 2021 COVID-19 measures see decrease in gastro diseases in parts of Australia By Joe Whitworth March, 2021 An Australian state has recorded a decline in gastrointestinal diseases during the period measures were in place to control the coronavirus pandemic.  The study covered communicable disease surveillance in Central Queensland for six months after the introduction of physical distancing and wider lockdown measures in Queensland. Data from April to September 2020 was compared with the average for ...

Victorian schools, community and charitable organisations

29 April 2021 Is your declared status about to expire? A news article was sent our today by teh Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Do have a read if you or your group fit the description. If your organisation is conducting minor gaming activities such as bingo, raffles (of any value), or lucky envelopes to raise funds, make sure you check the status of your declaration to avoid conducting these activities illegally. Only organisations who ...

It is Time to Seek a Different Approach to International Education

29 April 2021 International students have been an important part of Australia for decades and will continue to be so.  They are part of our community, they build important people-to-people links, they boost our economy, and many go on to become outstanding Australian citizens. Minister for Education and Youth, the Hon. Alan Tudge said that our decision to close our borders has been critical in keeping Australians safe from COVID-19, but that this has ...

Drug and Alcohol Testing for Parliamant House - ABC News

9 April 2021 Prominent female Liberal backbenchers calling for politicians to be drug & alcohol tested as part of wider workplace cultural reforms at Parliament House. During their appearance on the ABC's Insiders program, Katie Allen and Sarah Henderson referenced the Safe at Work Report when talking about how to create a safer environment for women at Parliament House. During the interview, Senator Henderson said she had heard talk of drug use within political circles.  "MPs and senators are not that special; ...

Ensure your Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate is from an accredited RTO

26 March 2021 VCGLR approved training organisations provide students with a VCGLR branded certificate upon completion of their Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course, allowing them to work in licensed venues in Victoria. Any other certificates are not accepted by inspectors. RSA training is mandatory for certain types of liquor licences but as best practice, all staff should be RSA trained. Only three RTOs are currently approved by the VCGLR to deliver online RSA: Access All Areas ...

Working as one - Queensland's liquor accords

26 March 2021 Since the early ‘90s, liquor accords have played an important role in bringing together licensees, regulatory bodies and community groups. Starting in Surfers Paradise, there are now over 70 accords throughout the State including the Northern Peninsula. Accords are voluntary agreements between members who cooperate to develop safe and well-managed environments in and around licensed premises in their area. Membership mainly comprises liquor licensees with local and State Government representatives (including ...