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Who is a Responsible Person?

Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, licensed premises must be personally supervised and managed by a responsible person at all times when the premises are open to the public.

An approved responsible person can be either:

  • A licensee
  • An approved director of a licensee company who is also approved as a responsible person
  • An approved shareholder of a licensee company who is also approved as a responsible person
  • The licensee can appoint another person as a responsible person who is not a licensee, director or shareholder, to manage and supervise the business.

If a director or shareholder wishes to be approved as a responsible person, they will also need to be approved in that capacity.

A person seeking approval as a responsible person needs to satisfy the licensing authority that they are a fit and proper person and will need to complete a Personal Information Declaration form.

On the Personal Information Declaration form, a person will be required to provide details of all convictions (including summary and traffic convictions) and credit details. Matters such as a person’s reputation, honesty, integrity, creditworthiness and the person’s known associates will also be considered.

The information provided to the licensing authority will remain strictly confidential.

Note: An approval of a person under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 as a responsible person only authorises the person to supervise and manage the liquor operations of the business. It does not authorise the person to supervise and manage the gaming operations of the business – this requires a separate approval as a gaming machine manager or a gaming machine employee under the Gaming Machines Act 1992.

Responsible Persons Training Requirements

The licensing authority must be satisfied that a person has the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to manage and supervise the business. Please refer to the Commissioners General Code of Practice for required training and practices.

In South Australia, training providers are registered by the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology. Once registered, provider details are recorded on, being the official National Register of information on Training Packages, Qualifications, Courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

Information on is maintained by the Registration and Course Accreditation Bodies (RCABs) and the Industry Skills Councils (ISCs).

To search for Registered Training Organisations offering training in Responsible Service of Alcohol, Liquor Licensing Laws and Gaming, please visit

Requirement to Wear an Identification Badge

A responsible person approved by the licensing authority will be issued with a photo identification badge indicating that they are approved as a responsible person under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.

The approved responsible person must wear the issued identification badge at all times while on duty. Badges must be worn in a prominent position. It is suggested that they be worn at breast pocket height.

The Applicant

A person can not apply on their own behalf to become an approved Responsible Person, they will need a licensee to apply for them.

Once approved, however, the approval will apply industry-wide meaning the person can be a Responsible Person at any licensed premises without further approvals being required.

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