The Coalition Government is helping licensed clubs gain a clearer understanding of their responsibilities via a new training kit launched by Member for Malvern and Minister for Consumer Affairs and Gaming Michael O'Brien at the Malvern Bowling Club.
Developed with the support of the Collingwood Football Club, the "Our Club: Licensee Responsibilities" training kit has information to help clubs meet their legal obligations.
"Club committees are often run by volunteers who offer up their spare time to manage the club's affairs, meaning they may not have a background in the legal obligations of running a club," Mr O'Brien said.
"Sometimes club committee members are not aware of their legal responsibilities, and can unintentionally fall foul of the law.
"We understand that committee members can need support to help clarify these responsibilities, and this resource provides a comprehensive guide to clubs' legal obligations and tools to assist clubs manage their licences."
The training kit covers areas such as the responsible service of alcohol, community or charitable minor gaming activities and the requirements for operating gaming machines.
In January 2011, the Coalition Government cut liquor licence fees in half for clubs that presented a low risk of alcohol-related harm, recognising that the previous government's fee increases had created an unfair cost burden on community clubs.
A free copy of "Our Club: Licensee Responsibilities" will be distributed to all clubs that hold a club liquor licence at the Clubs and Hotels Australia Expo 2012 being held on the 19th and 20th of June. The kit will also be published online so that club committee members can download and print revised content as changes to legislation take place.
For further information or to request a copy of the kit, visit the VCGLR website at www.vcglr.vic.gov.au