Alcohol Management Policy

This policy aims to provide a basis for the responsible management of alcohol by the Park Orchards Football Club.
The Club recognises the importance in holding a liquor license in the value it adds to the Club, enabling it to generate income and hold social functions, but in doing so the Club also accepts the responsibilities and expectations of the community in strictly adhering to the liquor licensing laws.


  • Alcohol will be served according to the requirements of the Club’s liquor licence and in accordance with the safety and wellbeing of patrons.
  •  The Club will maintain a current liquor licence.
  •  The liquor licence will be displayed at the bar.
  •  Persons under the age of 18 years are not permitted to serve alcohol.
  •  A Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) trained official or staff member will be present at all times when alcohol is being served.
  •  The Club will discourage excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol.
  • The Club will display posters on liquor license regulations and education.
  •  The Club does not allow alcohol to be brought to any match or event by its players, officials and spectators


  •  The Club will actively demonstrate its attitude relating to the responsible use of alcohol.
  •  The Club will educate Club members and supporters about the alcohol policy.
  •  The Club will pursue non-alcohol sponsorship and revenue sources.
  • The Club will not promote alcohol through ‘cheap drink’ strategies, such as happy hours.


  •  Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated.
  •  Servers will follow procedures, provided in their training, for dealing with and refusing alcohol to intoxicated patrons.
  •  Intoxicated patrons will be asked to leave the Club.
  •  Intoxicated persons will be refused entry into the Club.

Alcohol will not be served to persons under the age of 18 years.
Servers will request proof of age, where appropriate.
Only photographic ID will be accepted.


  •  Bar staff shall encourage members and visitors to make alternate safe transport arrangements if they are considered to exceed .05 blood alcohol concentration (or 0.00 if on a probationary licence).
  •  Contact telephone numbers for taxi services will be displayed at the bar.
  •  Bar staff will escalate to a Committee member should they be concerned thata person may not be making alternate safe transport arrangements.


  •  The Club will limit the promotion of alcohol or drink vouchers for player awards.
  •  Prizes for raffles and fundraising will not exclusively have an alcohol focus.
  •  The Club will monitor and ensure any Club sanctioned events strictly adhere to responsible behaviour and alcohol consumption in accordance with the principles of this policy.

The Club will wherever possible actively promote and sell food whenever alcohol is available.


  •  Non and low alcoholic alternative drinks will be available at all times.
  •  Tap water will be provided free of charge from the bar.
  •  An incident register will be maintained to record any incidents that may occur in relation to compliance with this policy and the operation of the social rooms bar.
  •  Bar staff will not permit unauthorised individuals  behind the bar.


  • The presence of committee members is essential to ensure the operation of the bar and policy compliance.
  • Duty committee members who are RSA trained will be present at all Club functions when the bar is open. Key responsibilities of the duty committee members are to:
  • Meet visiting police, cooperate and assist with any inquiries.
  •  Ensure compliance in respect of persons under 18 years of age on premises.
  •  Ensure intoxicated people are refused service and are asked to leave the premises.
  •  Ensure strict compliance with the Club policy in accordance with the key provisions of the Liquor Licence.
  •  Record any incidents in the incident register.


  • All Club committee members will enforce the alcohol management policy and any non-compliance will be handled according to the following process:
  •  Explanation of the Club policy to the person/people concerned, including identification of the section of policy not being complied with.
  •  Continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by at least two committee members who will use their discretion as to the action taken, which may include asking the person/ people to leave the Club facilities or function.


The Club will promote the alcohol management policy regularly by:

  • Park Orchards Football Club Inc.
  •  Making a copy available to all Club members via the website.
  •  Periodic announcements to members at functions.

The Club recognises the importance of educating Club members, particularly players, in the benefits of implementing an alcohol management policy and will endeavour to provide information to assist this process.

To ensure this policy continues to be relevant for Club operation and that it reflects both community expectations