About club licences
A club licence allows the licensee to sell and supply alcohol to authorised customers for consumption there.
A club licence may be held by a body that:
- is a body corporate having as its object (or as one of its objects) participating in or promoting a sport or other recreational activity, otherwise than for gain
- is a body corporate whose object is not (or none of whose objects is) gain
- holds a permanent club charter.
The Act is clear that only members and their guests may be served alcohol (s.60). Authorised customers DO NOT include the general public.
Authorised customers include:
- club members
- guests of club members (guests must be accompanied by the sponsoring member at all times and must leave the premises when the member leaves)
- members of clubs with reciprocal visiting rights (these clubs should each be named within the club’s rules or constitution).
A member, in relation to a club, is a person who:
- has expressly agreed in writing to comply with the club rules
- is recognised as a member of the club by those rules.
In order to comply with the legislation, bar staff must sight a current membership card or an affiliate’s current membership card before serving alcohol. All guests (non-members) must produce a completed sign-in slip and be accompanied by their sponsoring member at all times.
The holder of a club licence must take all practicable steps to ensure that:
- at all times there is a secretary of the club
- within 10 working days of the appointment of a new secretary, the secretary of the appropriate licensing committee is told the name of the new secretary
- all proceeds from the sale of alcohol belong to the club (s.61).
Every holder of a club licence must appoint a manager. A manager is responsible for compliance with and enforcement of the provisions of the Act and the conditions of the licence. The manager is also responsible for the conduct of the premises with the aim of contributing to the reduction of alcohol-related harm.
While the Act states that a manager does not need to be on duty at all times, it is strongly recommended that there are measures in place to actively manage the premises at any time the club is operating.