CSi and its entire staff have a responsibility to ensure that liquor is sold and supplied to patrons in a responsible manner.
All staff should be aware of what is expected of them, in regards to the laws and the service of alcohol to patrons of the club, as staff can be held liable for offences committed.
There are heavy penalties for committing these offences:
Maximum fines for a licensee/nominee are $50,000.
Maximum fines for a staff member or licensed premise are $8,000.
Staff should make sure, prior to serving a patron, or allowing a patron to enter the premises, that the person is 18 years of age or older. If there is any doubt, identification will be requested.
The only times when a minor is allowed on a licensed premises are if the minor:
Minors are only permitted on the premises so long as the minor is participating in the activity for which is the primary purpose of the club (soccer, AFL, cricket).
A responsible adult in relation to a minor is the parent, step-parent, guardian or an adult who has parental rights and responsibilities in relation to the minor, whilst the minor is on licensed premises or in a public place.
Only three forms of identification are acceptable as proof of age. These are:
The Australian I.D Checking Guide, published by the Liquor Licensing Division, details the actual cards and licenses issued by each State and Territory.
If staff believe that a document being presented is false, defaced or in the possession of a person who is not the owner of the I.D, then the document should be confiscated and forwarded to the Liquor Licensing Division.
The Queensland Liquor Act 1992 s4 defines ‘Unduly Intoxicated’ as:
“A state of being in which a person’s mental and physical faculties are impaired because of consumption of liquor so as to diminish the person’s ability to think and act in a way which an ordinary prudent person in full possession of his or her facilities, and using reasonable care, would act in like circumstances.”
Staff should use commonsense in determining whether a person is unduly intoxicated.
There are several signs, which, in combination, may indicate that a person has had too much to drink. These signs include:
Licensees and staff DO NOT COMMIT an offence if an intoxicated person is on their premises, although the intoxicated person does.
Licensees and staff DO COMMIT an offence if they sell or supply liquor to unduly intoxicated or disorderly patrons.
Service is refused to patrons for the following reasons:
Staff of licensed premises MAY refuse service to patrons at any time (e.g. patrons not meeting management’s dress regulations)
Staff MUST refuse service to patrons who are minors or unduly intoxicated or disorderly.
When refusing service to a patron:
It should be a decision of management as to whether or not patrons are refused admittance at the entrance to the premises, although assessment by door staff of a patron’s state of intoxication can avoid transferring the problem to staff inside the premises.