NSW has announced that Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) licences will be available in a digital format from mid-2016.
The Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet made the announcement this week, stating that “In 2015 our citizens are mobile and digital and that’s where the government should be too”.
Perrottet says the initiative is about more than just displaying licences on a smartphone.
“This technology will allow our citizens to display, apply, update and renew their licences using their smartphone, with real time information also available,” he says. “The Digital Licence will also have security safeguards built in, with authorities able to more easily verify the validity of these licences.”
Minister for Justice, Troy Grant, said digitising the RSA and RCG Competency Cards would benefit the hospitality industry.
“Going digital will allow RSA and RCG Cards to be delivered without delay and make it easier for workers and licensees to meet their compliance obligations,” he says.
NSW currently issues more than 23 million licences each year, covering 769 different licence types. A Digital Driver Licence is expected to be available by the end of 2018.