With the introduction on 1 January 2009 of the position of approved manager for licensed premises the position of nominee for a liquor licence will cease to exist.
Who Can Be An Approved Manager?
Current liquor nominees will be deemed to be approved managers from 1 January 2009 and the deemed approval will continue until 30 June 2010. If the individual wishes to continue to be an approved manager after this date, he or she must complete the mandatory training courses, Responsible Management of Licensed Venues and Responsible Service of Alcohol, and submit the relevant application form with supporting documents and approved fee to the Licensing Division before 30 April 2010.
An individual who is currently a Liquor Licence Nominee, Casino employee, Casino Key Employee, Gaming Employee, Gaming Nominee, Gaming Repairer, Keno Employee wagering, Key Lottery Employee or Key Monitoring Employee and holds current RMLV and RSA certificates may become an approved manager by applying for a fast-track upgrade. (6/2/2014 – updated to link to online application)
Any person over the age of 18 who does not fall into the above categories and wishes to gain approval as a manager must complete the mandatory training courses and submit the application form with supporting documents and the prescribed fee to the Licensing Division.
What Are The Requirements Relating To Approved Managers?
While the licensed premises is open during standard trading hours, 10 am to 12 midnight, an approved manager must be on site or reasonably available. Reasonably available is defined as being able to be contacted by the staff on the premises and being able to be at the premises within one hour of being contacted. If the premises is trading outside of standard hours an approved manager must be on site at all times. Some exemptions apply for individual licensees who can be on site or reasonably available at all times the premises is open.
The register of approved managers, which must be kept on the licensed premises, records the names of the approved managers and the date, start and finish times of each shift for which the approved manager is rostered on duty. A copy of each of the approved manager’s training certificates for the mandatory training courses, Responsible Management of Licensed Venues and Responsible Service of Alcohol, must be kept with the register.
At the start and finish of each rostered shift the approved manager on duty must record the date and time and sign the register. It is not clear what the record keeping requirements will be for approved managers when they are reasonably available but not on site. We will update this article when the information is released.
Where Can You Find More Information?
The application forms for approved managers are now available from the OLGR website. Whilst the Licensing Division has indicated it is now able to accept applications for approval as a manager, the application fee has not yet been prescribed. However, we have been told that the fee will be $366 or a figure very close to this amount. The OLGR website also outlines the requirements relating to approved managers and the transitional arrangements dealing with nominees.
(Update 8 July 2015 – current application fees and an online form are available on the OLGR Website.)
If you have any specific queries relating to your obligations under the new legislation, please call us on 07 3252 4066 or contact us by email.