Small Bar Licence Self-Audit Checklist - NSW

This Small Bar Licence Self-Audit Checklist - NSW helps your venue comply with all liquor laws in New South Wales, including signage, advertising, and more.​

Small Bar Licence Self-Audit Checklist - NSW



Liquor Operations And Food Provision

1. Are fewer than 120 patrons allowed in the venue during the liquor trading hours?


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2. Is the venue open to all classes of people without discrimination?


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3. Is food available at all times and consistent with RSA principles when liquor is sold or supplied on the premises?


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4. Are house-made cocktails mixed on the premises, and sold in sealed containers if selling house-made cocktails for take away consumption?


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Approved Incident Register

1. If the venue is authorised to trade past midnight, does the licensee maintain an approved incident register?


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2. Can all staff access the approved incident register?


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3. Does the register show all incidents of violence and anti-social behaviour?


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4. Are all incidents entered into the register true and correct?


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5. Has the licensee responded to these incidents immediately and appropriately?


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6. Is the approved incident register available for immediate inspection by police or a Liquor & Gaming NSW inspector?


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7. Are the approved incident registers maintained for at least 3 years from when the incident was made?


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Minimising Intoxication

1. Are there procedures and controls in place to prevent intoxication, indecent, violent or quarrelsome conduct in the venue? See the L&GNSW GL4003 ‘Intoxication guidelines’ at liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au.


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2. Are there procedures and controls in place to detect intoxicated patrons before they enter the venue?


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3. Are there procedures and controls in place to prevent liquor being sold or supplied to an intoxicated person?


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4. If an intoxicated person is found in the venue, can the licensee prove all relevant steps were taken to remove the patron from the venue?


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5. Is drinking water available free of charge to all patrons at all times when liquor is sold or supplied?


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Liquor Self-Exclusion

1. Does the venue operate a voluntary liquor self-exclusion scheme?


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2. If requested, can staff properly inform patrons of the self-exclusion scheme?


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3. Has the licensee accepted all requests from patrons wishing to self-exclude from the venue?


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4. Does the licensee ensure patrons know how the self-exclusion scheme works?


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5. Does the licensee publicise the self-exclusion scheme?


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Licensee Control

1. Has the person apparently in control of the venue received an approval?


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2. Does the licensee ensure liquor is only sold in the authorised venue?


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3. If the licensee or approved manager intends to be absent from the venue for more than 6 weeks, has an approval been provided authorising a temporary manager to manage the venue?


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4. Does the licensee ensure that all instances of letting or sub-letting of any part of the licensed premises have received an approval?


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5. If the licensee or approved manager is absent from the venue for more than 28 days, has the person in charge received an approval?


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6. If the venue was not trading for a continuous period of more than 6 weeks, was L&GNSW notified?


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RSA Training And Competency Card

1. Does the licensee hold a current recognised RSA certification?


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2. Do all staff involved in the sale and supply of liquor hold a current recognised RSA certification?


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3. Do all staff involved in security and crowd control hold a current recognised RSA certification?


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4. Has the licensee sighted each staff member’s current recognised RSA certification?


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5. Does everyone involved in liquor promotions on the venue premises hold a current recognised RSA certification?


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6. Are all staff able to produce their current physical or digital RSA competency card or interim certificate for inspection by police or a Liquor & Gaming NSW inspector?


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7. Has the licensee sighted each staff member’s physical or digital RSA competency card or interim certificate?


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8. For any staff working under an interim RSA certificate, is the interim certificate still valid for work?


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Minors

1. Are there procedures and controls in place to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from entering or remaining in the venue if not authorised?


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Liquor Promotion And Advertising

1. Are all the liquor promotions conducted in accordance with the responsible service of alcohol (RSA)?


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2. Are there procedures and controls in place to prevent intoxication or binge drinking during the liquor promotion?


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3. Does the licensee ensure that all liquor promotions or activities consider the responsible service of alcohol principles?


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4. Does the licensee ensure that all liquor promotions or advertisements that involve discounting include the responsible consumption of alcohol message?


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5. Has the Secretary issued the licensee with a written notice under r. 84 concerning the inclusion of the responsible consumption of alcohol message in any liquor promotion or advertising relating to the venue?


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6. If Yes, Has the Licensee complied with return notice?


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Undesirable Liquor Products

1. Has the Secretary issued a written notice to the licensee under s. 101 concerning the restriction or prohibition of the sale and supply of any undesirable liquor product?


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2. If Yes, Has the licensee complied?


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3. Have all staff members been informed of the s. 101 written notice?


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Deterring Crime

1. Are there procedures and controls in place: • That deter criminal activity in the venue, including the use/supply of illicit drugs and trafficking of stolen goods?


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2. Are there procedures and controls in place: • To report actual or suspected criminal activity to police?


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3. Are all staff members aware that any criminal activity including stolen goods or prohibited plants/drugs in the venue is prohibited?


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4. Are all staff aware of the venue’s procedures and controls that deter criminal activity in the venue, including the use or supply of illicit drugs?


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Noise Disturbance

1. When the venue receives noise disturbance complaints from residents, police or the local council, has the licensee met with residents to resolve the disturbance issue?


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2. If Yes, was the disturbance issue resolved voluntarily?


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3. Are there procedures in place to reduce any noise being heard by the residents nearby?


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4. If the venue has LA10 noise and disturbance conditions imposed on the licence, has the licensee complied?


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Written Direction

1. If the Secretary has issued a written direction about any matter relating to the venue, have the licensee and staff complied?


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2. If the Secretary has issued a written direction to contribute to the costs of promoting or giving effect to a local liquor accord, has the licensee complied?


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Signage And Resources

1. Is there a sign at the front of the venue that can be read by a person from outside the premises?


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2. Does it include the venue name shown on the liquor licence, type of licence and the licensee name shown on the licence?


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3. If the venue name has been altered, has the licensee obtained a written approval?


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4. Is Sign 1L (under 18s not to be served alcohol) prominently displayed at the bar or, if no bar, at or close to every public entrance?


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5. If the venue has a breath analysis instrument, is Sign 4L (breath testing) prominently displayed nearby?


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6. Is Sign 6L (under 18s not permitted during liquor trading hours) prominently displayed at each entrance to the bar?


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7. Is Sign 7L (minors allowed during the following times, with an adult) prominently displayed at each entrance to the bar?


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8. Is Sign 8L (minors allowed during the following times) prominently displayed at each entrance to the bar?


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General Information

1. Liquor license number


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2. License name


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Primary Purpose And Licence Conditions

1. Is the venue’s primary purpose primary purpose the ‘sale of liquor by retail’ on the licensed premise (a) for consumption on the premises, or (b) as house-made cocktails in sealed containers for consumption away from the premises?


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2. Does the venue comply with each condition imposed on the liquor licence?


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3. Is liquor sold and supplied strictly as per statutory and licence conditions and, if approved, as per extended trading hours?


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4. Is a copy of the licence, licence-related authorisations and conditions available at all times to staff members and security?


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5. Is the licence available for immediate inspection by police or a Liquor & Gaming NSW inspector?


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Periodic Licence Fees And Biennial Return

1. Has the venue paid the periodic licence fee due on 29 May of each assessment year?


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