Meeting your responsible service of alcohol obligations must be taken seriously. This has been reconfirmed by the Office of Liquor & Gaming Regulation recently in a situation where the licensee and bar staff did not do this and it led to fatal consequences.
Following an investigation into the death of a 54 year old man in 2013, a licensee, bar attendant and approved manager from Meandarra, South West Queensland were fined a total of $66,000.
On 23 August 2013 the investigation found that the deceased man had been supplied with, and consumed, an excessive amount of alcohol while showing severe signs of intoxication at the licensed venue before being helped into the back of a utility by a staff member and other patrons.
On Monday 11 August 2014, the Dalby magistrate convicted and fined the licensee $60,000 for engaging in the practice that encouraged rapid and excessive consumption of alcohol, allowing liquor to be supplied to and consumed by a person who was unduly intoxicated and failing to provide and maintain a safe environment in and around the licensed premises.
The bar attendant was fined $1000 for supplying liquor to an unduly intoxicated person while the approved manager was fined $5000 for allowing liquor to be supplied to an unduly intoxicated person. No conviction was recorded in either case.
This is the highest recorded fine to date for this type of offence.