Alcohol Management Policy 
This policy aims to provide a basis for the responsible use of alcohol by Belgrave CC and is seen as fundamental to the aims of the club.

BCC recognizes the importance of holding a liquor license in the value it adds to the Club, enabling it to generate income and hold social functions. But in doing so the Club also accepts the responsibilities and expectations of the community in strictly adhering to the liquor licensing laws.

To ensure the aims of BCC are upheld and that the club and its members manage alcohol responsibly, the following requirements will apply when alcohol is served at the club or during a club function.

Serving Alcohol
Alcohol will be served according to the legal and moral requirements of the club’s Liquor License with the safety and well being of patrons the priority.
  • The Club maintains a current appropriate Liquor License
  • Only RSA trained servers will serve alcohol
  • Bar servers do not consume alcohol when on duty
  • The club does not encourage excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol
  • When serving non pre-packaged alcohol standard drink measures will be served at all times
  • Information posters about Standard Drink measures will be displayed in the bar
  • The Liquor License and all legal signage will be displayed at the bar
  • Names of RSA trained bar staff will be displayed
  • An incident register shall be maintained and any incident recorded

Intoxicated Patrons
  • Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated or drunk
  • Servers will follow RSA training procedures when refusing service
  • Drunk patrons will be asked to leave the premises
Underage Drinking
  • Alcohol will not be served to persons aged under 18
  • Servers and committee members will ask for proof of age whenever necessary or whenever in doubt
  • Only photo ID’s will be accepted

Alcohol Alternatives
The Club recognizes that alcohol is not the only revenue stream available and actively encourages the sales of alternative products to that of alcohol.
  • Tap water is provided free of charge or at a reasonable price
  • At least four non-alcoholic drinks and one low-alcoholic drink option is always available and are at least 10% cheaper than full strength drinks
  • Substantial food is available when the bar is open for more than 90 minutes or more than 15 people are present
  • The club will avoid player prizes and raffle prizes that have an emphasis on alcohol

Safe Transport
The Club has a (separate) Safe Transport Policy that is reviewed regularly in conjunction with the Alcohol Management Policy.

Non Compliance
All club committee members will enforce the alcohol management policy and any non-compliance, particularly in regard to Licensing Laws will be handled according to the following process:
  • Explanation of the Club policy to the person/people concerned, including identification of the section of policy not being complied with
  • Continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by at least two committee members who will use their discretion as to the action taken, which may include asking the person/ people to leave the club facilities or function

The club will monitor and ensure any club trips, particularly end of season player trips, strictly adhere to responsible behavior and alcohol consumption in accordance with the principles of this policy and the aims of the club Mission and Values Statement.

Committee Policy Management
The presence of committee members is essential to ensure the operation of the bar and policy compliance. At least two duty committee members who are RSA trained are required to be present at all club functions when the bar is open. Key responsibilities of the duty committee members are to:
  • Meet visiting police, cooperate and assist with any inquiries
  • Ensure the admission of members and guests and completion of the visitor’s book
  • Compliance in respect of persons under 18 years of age on premises
  • Ensuring intoxicated people are refused service and are asked to leave the premises
  • Ensuring strict compliance with the club policy in accordance with the key provisions of the Liquor Control Reform Act
  • Recording any incidents in the incident register

Policy Promotion
The club will promote the alcohol management policy regularly by:
  • Publishing a copy of the policy in club newsletters, league programs and printed member/ player information
  • Displaying a copy of the policy in the club social rooms
  • Periodic announcements to members at functions
BCC recognizes the importance of educating club members, particularly players in the benefits of implementing an alcohol management policy and will endeavor to provide information to assist this process.

The club will actively participate in the Australian Drug Foundation Good Sports Accreditation Program with an ongoing priority to maintain Level 3 accreditation.

Policy Review
To ensure this policy continues to be relevant for WFNC operation and that it reflects both community expectations and the provisions of the Liquor Control Reform Act, the policy will be reviewed annually.

Smoke Free Policy
The Belgrave Cricket Club recognises that passive smoking is hazardous to health and that non smoking club members and visitors have the right to be protected from exposure to tobacco smoke. A smoke free policy is seen as fundamental to the achievement of the aims of the club. Accordingly, the following policy shall apply to all club facilities, functions, meetings and activities undertaken by the club and will apply to all members, officials, players and club visitors.

All club facilities are to be completely smoke free and shall include;
  • The social rooms inclusive of bar, kitchen, meeting room, toilets and storage area.
  • Warm up area, toilets and showers, medical room and property room.
Cigarettes will not be sold (including vending machines) at any time at or by the club.

Players, Officials & Coaches
Coaches, players, trainers, volunteers and officials will refrain from smoking and remain smoke free while involved in an official capacity for the club, on and off the field.

All club functions including social and fund raising events and meetings are to be completely smoke free. Ashtrays will be removed from all club facilities. Cigarette butt bins will be provided at outdoor locations for smokers to dispose of cigarette butts before entering/ re entering smoke free areas at club facilities. Smokers leaving the designated licensed area of the clubs social rooms will not be permitted to take alcohol from that area. All club functions held away from the club facilities are to be completely smoke free and shall require an assurance from the venue management of compliance with the club policy before a booking is confirmed by:
  • Removing all ashtrays from venue where function is to be held.
  • Enforcing a smoke free policy during the function.
  • Not selling cigarettes (including vending machines) at any time during the function

Belgrave CC

October 2013
Belgrave CC is committed to the principles of responsible alcohol management by applying for Level 3 accreditation in the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program. 

Good Sports is the first nationwide alcohol management program of its kind. The program was developed following research conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation which indicated that by introducing responsible alcohol management practices clubs became safer and more viable.

As a requirement of Level 3, BCC has developed a written alcohol management policy that clearly explains how we will manage alcohol responsibly and reduce alcohol related harms. The policy includes sections on bar management, the sale of low and non-alcoholic drinks, safe transport, the provision of food when alcohol is served and removing the emphasis on alcohol for player awards, functions and prizes.

We are confident that our involvement in the Good Sports program will continue to improve the environment at the Club. We are working to ensure that BCC continues to be a great place to participate and socialise for all members of our community.

BCC will be regularly monitored to ensure we comply with the program. It is the responsibility of all members to make sure we do the right thing when drinking and enjoying ourselves.

For more information about the Good Sports program contact Johnathon Levell.