New South Wales
Many sports clubs sell alcohol, either as part of their fundraising strategy or simply as part of the social fabric of the club. If you sell alcohol, regardless of if it is for only one event or on it is on a regular basis then it is important that your club applies for and receives the appropriate liquor license.
Once your club has its liquor license it is vitally important that you comply with the conditions of the license at all times.
NSW government the department of industry-liquor and gaming have a comprehensive website which provides all the information clubs need to know about their obligations when serving alcohol in NSW
The website can be accessed by clicking here
The Sporting and Community Club section provides all the information a club needs to know when selling alcohol.
Things to consider before applying – Clubs
Before applying for a liquor licence, there are a few things you need to consider, including licence requirements.
The licence required will depend on your situation. The different types of licences for a sporting or community club are outlined on this page and further information can be found here
Any club that wishes to supply liquor to club members, guests of members or authorised gaming visitors (for clubs with gaming facilities) must obtain a liquor licence.
Liquor licence application kits
To assist clubs in making their liquor licensing application the NSW Licence and Gaming website also has an application kit section to help clubs work out the correct licence for their circumstances. This application kit can be accessed here
Types of licences
This licence allows a club to sell alcohol to its members and their guests for consumption on and off the premises.
Limited licence – special event or trade fair
If your club does not normally sell alcohol or have a liquor license but decides to sell alcohol at a one off event, then it will need a Limited license. This licence allows an organisation to sell alcohol to the public:
- for consumption at a special event of an infrequent or temporary nature that would have a beneficial social or economic impact at a regional, state or national level
- for consumption at a trade fair or exhibition at which organisations and businesses in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their products and services. This licence also allows takeaway liquor to be sold to the public.
Liquor licence application fees and timing
A club liquor licence application costs $500. While a limited licence – Special event costs $150
You also pay an annual liquor licence fee plus any applicable loading based on your venue’s trading hours.
Read more about NSW’s annual liquor licence fee.
Liquor Licence Signage
Registered clubs are required to display signs about the guest member register and the Registered Clubs Act 1976 (in addition to other signs required in all licenced venues).
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
You must complete the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training course if you sell or supply alcohol in NSW. Completing an approved Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) program gives participants the skills and knowledge to contribute to a safe and enjoyable environment in licensed premises.
- club secretaries
- club directors (if they serve alcohol)
- service staff
- RSA marshals
- security staff.
RSA training also applies to:
- promotional staff
RSA competency card, which is valid for five years from the first course completion date in any competency.
Holders of an RSA competency card have to complete an online refresher every 5 years. Further information can be found here
Clubs must keep an RSA register
All licensees subject to the RSA training requirements will need to maintain an up to date RSA register that records the following information:
- the name of the licensee and all serving staff
- a copy of their most recent RSA certificate
- the date on which each person first sold, offered for sale or served liquor on the licensed premises
If you require more information about the NSW Government Liquor and Gaming requirements for your club, contact them on
1300 024 720 (Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm)
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