There are some major changes to the Liquor Licensing system that any operating serving or selling liquor need to be aware of. We have supplied a breid outline of some of the changes below, however for more infomration you can visit www.justice.vic.gov.au/alcohol
Changes to RSA Requirements
Under the new amendments, compulsory RSA training will be extended to include licensees and serving staff operating under a general, on-premise or late night licence. Existing licenses and serving staff operating under a general, on-premises or late night licence will have 12 months from 1 January 2011 to complete and RSA course approved by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
Those holding a packaged liquor licence or working in a business holding such a licence are already required to undergo RSA training.
Changes to Drinking Water Requirements
From November 1 2010, is will be mandatory for licensed premises supplying alcohol for consumption on site to provide free drinking water.
It will be left to the discretion of the licensee as to how water is supplied, provided patrons have access to suitable free drinking water either upon request or via self service.
Minor Business Exemption
The Victorian Government ahs introduced exemptions for bed and breakfasts and some other retail spaces that meet specific criteria. The government acknowledges that these businesses can supply alcohol as a minor part of their services and do not have to obtain a liquor licence as they need very little regulation.
For Bed and Breakfasts, for the purpose of the exemption it must be operated by the permanent resident of the premises, and;
- The B&B must not provide accommodation for more than 8 adult guests at any one time
- Liquor must only be supplied to a person staying at the accommodation facility
- The liquor supplied must be purchased by the proprietor on a retail basis
- In the three years prior to the date the exemption commences, the proprietor must be trained in the Responsible Service of Alcohol.
- Liquor must not be supplied to a minor.
November 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm | General | No comment
This summer is Lavandula’s 20th lavender harvest.
In that time the trees have grown, the garden has flourished, the lavender hedges are bigger, and the lavender products have forged a reputation for efficacy and good value.
Lavandula grows lavender, olives and grapes in the countryside near Daylesford. The lavender crop looks best at Christmas and is harvested slowly, by hand with sickles, right through January.
Lavandula’s Lavender Harvest Festival is a great way to relax post-Christmas/NY. Bring a rug and relax in the shade, listen to the burbling creek and the birdsong, local foods and wines, artisinal stalls, chooks for sale, music all day. Explore regional Italian architecture by visiting the farmhouse built in golden stone the 1860s. Find farm animals or play petanque.
November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm | General | No comment
The Australian Tourism Accreditation Program would like to congratulate all winners at the RACV 2010 Victorian Tourism Awards.
It was a great night where the tourism industry acknowledged and congratulated tourism businesses from around Victoria who are demonstrating a commitment to quality, reliability and best practice.
ATAP would particularly like to congratulate the following accredited operators who received awards:
- Major Tourist Attractions
- Major Festivals & Events
- Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (Winner & Hall of Fame)
- Visitor Information & Services
- Bendigo Visitor Centre (Winner)
- Frankston Visitor Information Centre (Finalist)
- Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centre Network (Finalist)
- Meetings & Business Tourism
- Flowerdale Estate (Finalist)
- Tour and/or Transport Operators
- Tourism Marketing
- Destination Gippsland (Winner)
- Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services
- Locale at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate (Finalist)
- Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Boutique Breweries
- Hosted Accommodation
- Unique Accommodation
- All Seasons Houseboats (Winner)
- Shizuka Ryokan Japanses Country Spa & Wellness Retreat (Finalist)
- Deluxe Accommodation
- Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
- Alto Hotel on Bourke (Winner)
- Health & Wellness Tourism
November 18, 2010 at 11:05 am | General | No comment
Each month we will highlight an accredited business that has really adapted to the accreditation principles of continuous improvement and best practice operating systems. These businesses are a leading example of standards set by an accredited business.
Montfort Manor is a sanctuary providing luxury accommodation in the Central Gippsland town of Traralgon. Situated in a peaceful rural ambience on 7.5 acres of landscaped gardens it is located only 4kms from the C.B.D.
Built from stunning Mt Gambier limestone, in a contemporary English country style, it is complimented with a large pool, a 25 meter gas heated lap lane, a championship size synthetic tennis court, an elevated garden pavilion, wrought iron waterfront gazebo and a picturesque dam.
Four well-appointed suites provide superior executive accommodation and include ensuite, kitchenette, king/queen beds, free wireless broadband, plasma TV, DVD, surround sound, kitchenette. Other facilities include guest lounge, sunroom and library.
With guaranteed privacy, first-rate hospitality and soft-spoken extravagance, Montfort Manor offers a superior setting for romantic getaways, weddings nights and leisure stays – and a quiet respite for the executive overnighter.
November 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Featured Business | No comment
Congratulations to Port Campbell Parkview Motel and Apartments and Basia Mille for recently gaining approval to become an accredited operator.
Port Campbell Parkview Motel and Apartments
Port Campbell Parkview Apartments offers a peaceful and relaxed place to stay along the Great Ocean Road.
The apartments are clean comfortable and elegantly appointed and offer a range of one and two bedrooms, with full kitchen facilities.
Enjoy the popular undercover barbeque, or just relax in the spacious living rooms or sunny outdoor balconies.
All units are fully serviced, with combinations of Queen, Double or Single Beds.
Basia Mille is a boutique vineyard, olive grove, luxury accommodation and nine hole recreational golf course, located on Waratah Ridge overlooking Corner Inlet, Wilson’s Promontory, Waratah Bay and the Bass Strait Islands in pristine South Gippsland, Victoria.
November 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm | General | No comment
Tourism Victoria is working closely with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), as Victoria is facing what could potentially be the biggest locust plague for 75 years.
Based on the DPI predictions, a locust plague has the potential to cover a significant area of Victoria which includes the North and North-Western part of the state. With the extent of locust activity reported, it will be possible to encounter them across all of Victoria as they can fly hundreds of kilometres in a day and are swept along by wind currents.
As locust swarms can impact on road safety, DPI have developed a Staying Safe when Driving through Locusts DL brochure to help prepare travellers if they encounter locusts when driving.
Bulk copies of the brochure can be ordered via firstname.lastname@example.org.=
November 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm | General | No comment
Due to the recent changes to the Fire Danger Rating (FDR) system and other bushfire-related information, Tourism Victoria, with the support of the Department of Justice, is urgently updating its current suite of visitor bushfire safety materials. This includes the Bushfire Safety Advice for Travellers brochure.
It is anticipated that the materials will be available for distribution before 30 November.
Visitor information centres are also requested to remove the existing Bushfire Safety Advice for Travellers brochure from display as this information is now out of date and incorrect.
Tourism Victoria is also urgently developing bushfire safety displays and FDR signage for key visitor information centres in or adjacent to high bushfire risk areas.
Once further details have been released we will continue to update you all.
November 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm | General | No comment
Join your industry colleagues in the dynamic surrounds of Studio 3 at Crown for a night of networking and entertainment, while enjoying scrumptious food and beverages.
To find out more and to register to attend read the official invite here.
Date and Time:
Wednesday 24 November6.00pm – 10.00pm
$80 inc. GST and includes all drinks, finger food and entertainment
Studio 3, Level 3, Crown Complex
Wednesday 17 November
Fax: 03 8662 5449