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RSA recommendations for international students


As an international student, it is important for you to know a bit more about the Responsible Service of Alcohol (more commonly known as the “RSA”).

This a course that must be undertaken before you can work in places where alcohol is legally served anywhere around Australia.
It is important to remember that the laws can differ in all 7 States and Territories, meaning each RSA course will also have different rules and requirements and an RSA valid in Queensland might not be satisfactory in Victoria (or any other state) and vice versa.

When you are beginning your search for a job, a good way to prepare yourself is making sure your Resume is ready.

By completing your RSA, and having it listed on your resume you are opening yourself up to a wider range of job opportunities. As most jobs for students are in the hospitality industry in areas such as restaurants and cafes, it also includes including bars and nightclubs where it is a requirement to have a valid RSA for the relevant State.

It is not only required for bartenders who are preparing and selling the drinks directly, but also for “glassies” (those collecting empty glasses and bottles) and anyone that is working on the bar.

The RSA helps you to be aware of alcohol laws such as:
•The amount of alcohol a drink can contain
•How many drinks an individual person can have at the same time
•How to deal with intoxicated people (when a person has consumed more drinks than they should) and what is the correct procedure when you come across an intoxicated patron.

Alcohol is a serious business in Australia therefore it highly recommended to be familiar with the law and the penalties for not following it.

For example; selling alcohol to someone who is intoxicated will result in a large fine that applies not only to the venue but also to the manager and the bartender who served them.

The law has had changes made recently to the Queensland State, with the times of alcohol service now stating that drinks can no longer be served after 3:00 AM and Shots (30mL of pure alcohol) will not be permitted after midnight (12:00 AM) which are similar to that of New South Wales alcohol Laws.

5 comments on "RSA recommendations for international students"

  • Avatar diana says:

    Hi Shih,

    Yes. Currently, not all providers can give you the RSA certificate while you are an international student but we can guide you with the right provider. We offer support to International Students for free.

    Just contact us here and we will get back to you very soon.

  • Avatar diana says:

    Hi Lara,

    Thanks for your message! Of course, it is possible for you to take and get your RSA. We will contact you by email very soon to help you with all your inquiries.

  • Avatar diana says:

    Hi Jobish,

    Yes, you can. But you have to make sure the institution is registered on CRICOS.

    If you need help, we can definitely guide you. Just contact EMSA here. We will be more than happy to help you!

  • Avatar Chudamani says:

    Hi there, is the cost of RSA for international students is same or it’s depend on lactation college in NSW. I’m tired of doing all research and I found 140 the cheapest one please help me. Thanks.

    • Siobhan Chisolm Siobhan Chisolm says:

      Hi Chudamani,
      As you’re doing the course for work and not related to student visa, it shouldn’t vary just because of your visa status. Just ensure you use a company that has good reviews/feedback, as some online courses (for example) may not give you the required certificate needed to verify your RSA.

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