Authorised customers – For the consumption of Alcohol

The Act is clear that only members and their guests may be served alcohol (s.60). Authorised customers DO NOT include the general public. The General Public is allowed to dine in the restaurant, the restrictions are ONLY on the consumption of alcohol.

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.